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For starters, Rays at Orioles, on a downright cold day

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UPDATE, 11:52: There does appear to be a bit of a rivalry or something between Rays manager Joe Maddon and Orioles counterpart Buck Showalter, though both profess respect for the other.

On Tuesday, before the decision was made to postpone the game, despite obvious poor conditions that the Rays said made for an obvious call, Showalter said: "I think our guys are mature enough to understand there's a price to pay for doubleheaders, especially when they are put off until August.''

That comment was relayed Wednesday morning to Maddon, who pointed out that the Orioles would have been more receptive to a doubleheader Wednesday since they had Thursday off, while the Rays - who preferred the doubleheader be later in the year - have to play Thursday.

"We would have been much more mature had we had a day off tomorrow,'' Maddon said.

UPDATE, 11:42: The Rays, wisely, did most of their pre-game work indoors this morning, though the pitchers did go out to play catch. Massachusetts native RHP Brandon Gomes said the chilly temps weren't that bad. "Brisk,'' he said. "It'll be fine. Other than the ice chips on the field.''

The Orioles have a number of players feeling the effects of the flu, so they have usual CF Adam Jones at DH and their bench and bullpen may be a litttle thin.

Orioles lineup:

Markakis rf
Cruz lf
Davis 1b
Jones dh
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Lough cf
Lombardozzi 2b
Flaherty 3b
Gonzalez p

DEVELOPING: The rain is gone but the conditions in Baltimore are still not very baseball-like this morning, as the Camden Yards grounds crew was flipping ice chips off the tarp and temperature at 10 a.m. was 38 degrees - with a feels like of 29.

Given a chance to reset their tattered rotation with Tuesday's rainout, the Rays are looking to break even on their season-opening road trip that ends today. They open a seven-game homestand against the Yankees and Twins on Thursday.

The Rays lineup looks like this:

Zobrist 2b,
Myers rf,
Joyce DH,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Jennings cf,
DeJesus LF,
Escobar SS,
Molina c,
Odorizzi p

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