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For starters: Rays at Red Sox, on Wil Myers' day

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Watch video of Wil Myers taking batting practice.

UPDATE, 12:28: Myers predictably said he is excited about the opportunity, took BP on the field and then posed for pictures with his family and girlfriend who got to watch BP from the field. Myers went in to see manager Joe Maddon who told him to go out and have fun and play his game. Evan Longoria said he would offer similar advice, and he thought Myers' promotion was a sign fron the front office of their determination to win and he called it "re-invigorating" to have Myers in the lineup and that he was "excited" to see him play.

UPDATE, 10:27: The Wil Myers era will begin with him playing rightfield and hitting sixth against the Red Sox.

And, oh by the way, Evan Longoria is back at third base and Desmond Jennings moved up to the second spot.

Myers talked on a conference call Monday night about how excited he was about the opportunity, and has been feeling his way around the clubhouse this morning, getting settled in his locker, with a No. 9 jersey hanging there, and learning how to get the tickets for his family and friends who came up, etc.

Also, he has already been in the batting cage with hitting coach Derek Shelton. (Apart from an interview with Sun Sports Todd Kalas, Myers won't be available to other media until after the first game.)

Here is the Rays lineup:

Joyce lf
Jennings cf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Scott dh
Molina c
Escobar ss
Archer p

DEVELOPING: There are a number of storylines at the start of what will be a long day for the Rays and Red Sox with a day-night doubleheader scheduled and rain in the forecast, but none bigger than the major-league debut of touted prospect OF Wil Myers.

The 22-year-old was called Sunday evening from Triple-A Durham, traveled to Boston to Monday and was headed over to Fenway Park shortly after 9 a.m. with hitting coach Derek Shelton to prep for his first game.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Myers will play rightfield and bat near the bottom of the order initially to at least try to reduce any pressure.

Meanwhile, the Rays, who are five games behind the Sox, will start two of their least experienced pitchers - Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi - as the Sox have Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront lined up.

Also of note, Evan Longoria is supposed to return to third base today after being limited to DH duties the previous four games due to a plantar fasciitis issue in his right foot.

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:52pm]

    

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