Suspended game leftovers
The Rays got 24 outs on Friday, and the most significant may have been the one LHP reliever Randy Choate got to start the eighth.
Choate had been struggling mightily, and manager Joe Maddon craftily found a spot to use him to build his confidence and then get him out after he got J.D. Drew to ground out.
“Choate needed to have that happen,'' Maddon said. "He came in and did his job, and I know he’s going to sleep better tonight also.’’
Choate, while acknowledging it was just one batter, certainly looked and sounded relieved in the clubhouse afterward.
“I took (Thursday) off and just didn’t think about baseball,’’ Choate said. “To come into a 1-1 game in the eighth and get an out like that to lead off the inning after falling behind 2-and-0 and throw a pretty good sinker that he rolled over on, it’s just a step back in the right direction. And it lets you know that hey, hopefully the worst is behind you and you can start going in a positive direction again.’’
* When the game resumes, the Sox have David Ortiz, Adrian Beltre and Jeremy Hermida due up. The Rays will have Lance Cormier on the mound, who was ruled to be in the game by umpire crew chief Brian Gorman even though he was not officially announced. "Brian said "Cormier's in the game,' '' Maddon said. "I said, "How do you know?"" He said, "I flipped him the ball and he was on the mound.' ''
* If the Sox don't score in the bottom of the ninth, manager Terry Francona will face an interesting decision on whether to keep closer Jonathan Papelbon in the game to pitch the 10th, or to replace him to he could potentially save the regularly scheduled game. "That's the part that's really interesting to me more than anything,'' Maddon said.
* While it was the Rays first suspended regular-season game, they did go through this in the 2008 World Series, with the 46-hour delay until play was resumed in Philadelphia. It was Boston's first suspended game since May 3, 1996.
* If the weather is as bad as it is forecast to be, it seems unlikely there will be any baseball on Saturday. If that's the case, Friday's game would be resumed on Sunday, and Saturday's regularly scheduled game would be made up when the Rays return to Boston in either June (29-30) or September (6-7-8).