Rays hope to avoid being swept by Red Sox
UPDATE, 10:07: DH Luke Scott feeling better after a 24-hour bout with stomach issues, went through another light workout but still hasn't run the bases. He did, however, have a bag of toy light sabers he bought to use in the team's post-game celebrations: "Hope we get to set them off today"
UPDATE, 10:04: The Rays have gone 6 games - as well as 208 at-bats and 905 pitches seen - since their last home run. At first pitch today, that will be 8 days, 14 hours and 30 minutes. The Team record w/out homer is 7 games ... Per Rays PR, Kelly Johnson was the 7th Ray to break up a no-hitter in the eighth inning or later, and third in the last four seasons. They have been no-hit four times since July 23, 2009, a span of 563 games.
UPDATE, 9:57: Maddon reiterated this morning that the Rays would remain patient and positive with their struggling hitters, and stick with the contact-oriented approach they preached in spring training. ... Maddon said SS Yunel Escobar has been making too much weak contact hitting ground balls, but also has had bad luck when he does hit the ball hard. .. Longoria is one of 9 players in the majors who have reached base in each of their team's games.
UPDATE, 9:53: Rays lineup, with Roberts at 2B based on some of that Rays' detailed scouting report info, also Longoria third again:
UPDATE, 8:35 a.m.: Here is the Red Sox lineup:
DEVELOPING: Some Rays were headed out of the hotel by 8 a.m. this morning to get ready for today's 11:05 a.m. Patriots' Day/Marathon Monday matinee.
The Rays have done this drill before - this is their third time in the last four years, and fourth overall - and handled it well.
Today they'll have Jeremy Hellickson - who said he normally sleeps until about 11 - on the mound, against Ryan Dempster.
The biggest issue facing the Rays right is the lack of offense, as they are last in the AL in runs at 33, average at .212, hits at 73, homers at 4, slugging percentage at .293.