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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, seeking series win

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham (1) picked off (after review) of first base in the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham (1) picked off (after review) of first base in the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

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UPDATE, 12:23: Cash said they opted to give Duffy today off so he has three days off his feet, having been the DH on Tuesday, as part of the maintenance for his left Achilles. ... Cash said the Rays may not announce their call-ups until Friday.... Drew Smyly comes into today's start with a 20 1/3 inning scoreless streak against the Red Sox. ... The Rays are still planning on flying home to Tampa after today's game but travel director Chris Westmoreland has several contingencies plans in the works as well.

Red Sox lineup:
Pedroia 2b
Bogaerts ss
Ortiz DH
Betts RF
Ramirez 1b
Leon c
Young rf
Hill 3b
Bradley cf
Wright p

UPDATE, 10:29: The Rays have Beckham at SS again today, with Brad Miller getting a DH day and Logan Morrison a start at 1B. Morrison, a free agent at the end of the year, would have seemed a potential trade candidate by today's deadline for postseason eligibility, but his inclusion in the lineup would indicate nothing is pending.

Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Miller dh,
Franklin rf,
Morrison 1b,
Beckham ss,
Dickerson lf,
Wilson c,
Smyly p

DEVELOPING: After Tuesday's tense 4-3 win, the Rays wrap up their series with the Red Sox today with a 1:35 matinee.

LHP Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays, knuckleballer RHP Steven Wright for the Red Sox.

The Rays are 7-8 against the Red Sox this season.

The Rays are planning to head home after the game, in advance of a weekend series with the Blue Jays, but the weather could impact their plans.

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:27pm]

    

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