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For starters: Rays at Red Sox, in the cold





UPDATE, 11:55: Maddon said he considered all 4 lefty hitters for the last spot in the lineup but chose Joyce (over Kelly Johnson, Sam Fuld or James Loney) in hopes it gets the struggling Joyce going, based on a theory that sometimes facing a tough lefty can be a good thing. He did admit it was pure conjecture however. ... Maddon also said Longoria will now bat third vs. lefthanders but will remain fourth vs. RHPs. Maddon said the theory that a team has to puts its best hitter third is a myth and a fairytale.

DEVELOPING: The rain has stopped, though it is still brutally cold here in Boston this morning, 38 degrees with a "feels-like" of 32 as of 9:40 a.m. anyway.

But there will be baseball, and after a day off and a rain out, that's a good thing for the Rays.

Evan Longoria will again be hitting third, as manager Joe Maddon tries to find a way to get their best hitter better pitches. And the one lefty in the lineup vs. Boston LHP Jon Lester will be Matt Joyce, though hitting ninth.

Rays lineup:

Jennings cf
Rodriguez 1b
Longoria 3b
Zobrist rf
Duncan dh
Escobar ss
Roberts 2b
Molina c
Joyce lf
Price p

Boston lineup:

Ellsbury cf
Victorino rf
Pedroia 2b
Napoli 1b
Middlebrooks 3b
Nava lf
Gomes dh
Drew ss
Ross c
Lester p


[Last modified: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:12pm]


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