For starters, Rays at Indians, the day after
And we're baaack.
It was a short morning of sleep for the Rays, who were back at Progressive Field a mere six hours after their bus ride back following Friday's marathon, 9-2 win over the Indians.
The final out Friday was at 2:53 a.m. with first pitch today scheduled for 1:05, a little over 10 hours in between.
There was, of course, a good vibe in the clubhouse considering they won the game, with many recalling stories about what they did during the nearly five hours of rain delay, from playing cards to video games. "Lot of ping pong," OF Sam Fuld said. Fuld said it was impressive how much energy they had in the dugout at midnight, and that - in hindsight - it was the right decision to play through the night.
"We were borderline delirious," Fuld said.
The most well-rested Ray, however, is today's starter, RHP Chris Archer, who was sent back to the hotel around 9 p.m. Friday night.
As a result of the long night, the Rays had to continue their roster shuffle, optioning RHP Josh Lueke to Triple-A Durham and recalling LHP Alex Torres, who provides depth to what manager Joe Maddon called an "exhausted" pen.
The rotation could get tweaked, too, with manager Joe Maddon saying LHP Matt Moore - who pitched just one inning Friday - will definitely pitch before his next turn, meaning likely sometime during the Tigers series. RHP Jeremy Hellickson is almost certain to start Sunday, and Moore's availability gives them the flexibility to push back RHP Alex Cobb, who is dealing with a cut middle finger.
Torres, who was impressive a few weeks ago in a short stint in the majors, said he was asleep at around 3 a.m. when Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo tried to reach him. Torres' phone was on vibrate, but Montoyo got a hold of Torres' roomate, Alex Colome, who woke Torres up and told him he had to rush to the airport for a 7 a.m. flight.
"I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' Torres said.
Torres first went to the Durham clubhouse to get his bag, then to airport for a flight with a connection through Philly. "It was crazy," he said. "But I"m here."
The Rays lineup doesn't include Ben Zobrist, who has the day off, but it does have James Loney, who is coming off his two-homer performance Friday.
Hang on tight because rain is again in the forecast.