For starters: Rays at Red Sox, seeking some kind of break
UPDATE, 6:16: Kevin Kiermaier took early batting practice and looked "great,' per Cash, and if the rest of the weekend goes well could start a rehab assignment Monday or Tuesday. ... Cash said it came down to Franklin or Arcia in LF and they wanted to give Franklin a look, noting he has had a lot of good at-bats. Franklin did some pre-game with Rocco Baldelli to learn the nuances of the Green Monster. ... Cash said they are close to setting the rotation for the first series after the break. ... As rough as it's been for the Rays, Cash said a good series against the Red Sox, like they did in the pre-break weekend last year vs. Houston, can be a big boost: "This team needs to feel good about themselves right now.''
UPDATE, 3:43: Here is the Rays lineup:
UPDATE, 3:32: Here is the Red Sox lineup:
Bradley Jr. CF,
DEVELOPING: The Rays are in Boston for the weekend, seeking to either break the skid that has seen them lose 19 of their last 22 games, or stumble to the four-day All-Star break that begins after Sunday's game.
RHP Chris Archer, who has shown some improvement in his recent starts, will be on the mound for the Rays. Sean O'Sullivan starts for the Red Sox.
The Rays will get official word at 4 p.m., but it certainly appears 3B Evan Longoria will not win the fan vote for the final spot on the AL All-Star team, meaning his only chance now to make it is as an injury replacement.
Also, CF Kevin Kiermaier is with the Rays on the trip, with plans to take batting practice and go through pre-game drills here, then start a minor-league rehab assignment on Monday with thee advanced Class A Stone Crabs in Daytona Beach
Lineups when available.