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For starters, Rays at Red Sox, the night after

Update 5:55 p.m. One day after Red Sox slugger David Ortiz declared "war" on Rays ace lefty David Price, the former Cy Young winner said he was neither surprised - nor bothered - by the comments.


"Not one bit," he said.

After Price drilled Ortiz with a 94 mile per hour fastball, Ortiz said he lost all respect for the former Cy Young winner, saying he acted like a girl and (b---), and that he better bring his gloves next time because "it's a war."

"For as many people as I quote unquote lost respect for, I gained respect from a lot more people," Price said. "And I know that's a fact."

Price wasn't bothered by what Ortiz said, other than the "war" reference.

"He was mad, I get it," Price said. "You say stupid stuff when you're mad. Been there. I'm sure

he probably wishes he didn’t say some of the things she said. You can't relate the game we play to a war. Kellen Winslow got a lot of crap for saying he was a soldier. No you're not a soldier. This is not war. We have troops fighting for us that are in a war. It's not a good comparison."

*Maddon said he hopes that there's no carry over tonight, pointing out nothing is coming from their side. He said he does expect the umpires may warn both teams before the game.

*RF Wil Myers had a plastic brace around his sore right wrist, but will not know how serious it is until he meets with a doctor today. Myers hurt the wrist when he landed after colliding with Desmond Jennings on Pierzynski's game-winning triple in the 10th inning. "It doesn't feel good," he said. Maddon said the injury could be something, or nothing, didn't want to speculate.

*Maddon said SS Yunel Escobar, who left yesterday's game with a tight left quad, should be able to play by Sunday or Monday at the latest. It's good timing that Ben Zobrist came off the DL yesterday so he'll start there tonight.

*C Ali Solis will make his first big league start tonight, with Maddon saying he wanted to pick one day for C Jose Molina to be off, and liked how the veteran matched up with Sunday's starter LHP Jon Lester. Solis was excited for his shot. "I'm not going to lie to you, I'm a little nervous."

*RHP Alex Cobb said he feels good about the decision to have  him move his start back a day to Monday, that the added extra day of rest will do more good for him than any potential worry about swinging the bat. Plus, he said, the oblique injury is behind him. He does wish he didn't have to miss pitching vs Red Sox, especially due to recent events, but knows  he'll get another shot later in season.

Rays lineup
DeJesus dh
Zobrist ss
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Kiermaier rf
Rodriguez 2b
Solis c
Odorizzi rhp

Red Sox lineup
Holt 3b
bogaerts ss
Pierzynski c
Ortiz dh
Carp 1b
Gomes lf
Sizemore rf
Bradley cf
Herrera 2b
De La Rosa rhp


Developing: The Rays and Red Sox return to Fenway Park tonight for a nationally-televised rematch, and it'll be interesting what fireworks are displayed tonight.

Considering in the Red Sox's 3-2, walkoff-win over the Rays last night, there were four ejections (all of the Red Sox), sparked when ace LHP David Price hit David Ortiz, and then Mike Carp. While Price said it wasn't intentional, an upset Ortiz said "it's a war" between him and Price, who believes there will be carry over tonight.

"I'm sure they're will," Price said.

On the field, RHP Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays. SS Yunel Escobar, who left with a quad tightness in the 10th inning, isnt' likely to be in the lineup. RF Wil Myers and CF Desmond Jennings, who collided on the game-winning triple, insisted they are fine.

The Rays, having lost four straight on this trip, just want to work their way out of last place.

Lineups, and more, to come.



[Last modified: Saturday, May 31, 2014 6:15pm]


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