For starters, Rays at Red Sox, with Zobrist back
Update 4:17 p.m. Ben Zobrist said his rehab assignment wasn't the way they drew it up, getting sick early in the week and having to wait through a rain delay Wednesday in Port Charlotte.
But Zobrist said one game was all he needed to know that he was ready to come back, and is excited to rejoin the Rays today in Boston.
"I feel healthy, the DL time is done, I defintely want to be in there to help the team," he said.
Zobrist said the left thumb isn't an issue swinging or fielding, though he's more comfortable hitting from the left side than right (since he had four of his five at-bats left-handed for Stone Crabs). The only protective brace he'll wear will be a padded mitten while on the bases, much like CF Desmond Jennings does. And after going on the DL each time he' tried the crafty headfirst slide, Zobrist made another vow;
"No more swim moves," he said.
*C Jose Molina is also back in the lineup, saying there is no residual issues from him getting hit in the mask Wednesday with a foul tip. Molina said he didn't have to undergo any concussion tests, that getting taken out was manager Joe Maddon's call.
Molina, who has started four of the past five games (played in all of them), said he's ready to take a larger load with Ryan Hanigan on the DL, noting it also helps him at the plate.
The Rays lineup looks similar, though Longoria moves back to the cleanup spot with Zobrist in the two-hole. Wil Myers is hitting seventh.
Red Sox lineup
Bradley Jr. CF
Developing:The Rays, having been swept by first-place Toronto, will try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Since Tampa Bay swept Boston last weekend at Tropicana Field, which ended in a benches-clearing incident, the Red Sox have been hot, winning four straight against the Braves to move ahead of the Rays into fourth place.
Both teams said that the Sunday scuffle is a "non-issue" and won't carry over into tonight.
The Rays will start ace LHP David Price, who bounced back nicely after allowing five runs in the first inning of his last start against against Boston.
INF Ben Zobrist (dislocated left thumb) will be activated today from the disabled list, adding a boost to the lineup. The Rays say C Jose Molina, who took a foul tip off his mask in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays, will be fine.
Lineups and more to come.