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For starters, Rays at White Sox, weather permitting

At least at 3 p.m. Chicago time there was no rain and promising indications the Rays and White Sox would play.

MARC TOPKIN / TIMES

At least at 3 p.m. Chicago time there was no rain and promising indications the Rays and White Sox would play.

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UPDATE, 7:20: Rays manager Joe Maddon said they've been told to plan on starting the game and getting at least five or six innings in, with heavy rains expected around 9 or 9:30 Chicago time.

Maddon said he considered starting a reliever, as he was going to do when they had threatening conditions in Baltimore - and were eventually rained out - but after being told they had a long window decided to stick with Jake Odorizzi.

OF David DeJesus said his sore left shoulder - banged up during a dive last weekend vs. the Yankees - is getting better and he hopes to get back in the outfield during the series in Boston, noting the shorter LF wall should make it easier for him.

UPDATE, 6:01: Just when it looked like the teams would go through a normal pre-game, the Sox grounds crew cancelled batting practice and put the tarp back on the field. Though this is obviously an inexact process, the general sense as of now is that they will be able to start with heavy rains expected around 9 Chicago time.

Here is the White Sox lineup:
Eaton cf
Beckham 2b
Abreu 1b
Dunn dh
Viciedo rf
Ramirez ss
De Aza lf
Flowers c
Semien 3b
Rienzo p

DEVELOPING: Though the online forecasts remain omimous, the indications are favorable that the Rays and White Sox have at least a reasonable chance to get tonight's game in - or at least started.

Most obvious: That the Sox grounds crew took the tarp off the field and set it up for batting practice, which usually gets cancelled when heavy rains are expected.

The Rays may have been hoping for a break the way their trip has gone so far, losing Friday on a walkoff grand slam and then after winning Saturday making a team-record four errors in the sixth inning with ace David Price on the mound and losing Sunday.

Manager Joe Maddon hasn''t made any changes in his lineup, which looks like this for tonight:

Zobrist 2b,
Jennings cf,
Joyce lf,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Myers rf,
DeJesus dh,
Escobar ss,
Hanigan c,
Odorizzi p

[Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2014 7:23pm]

    

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