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Evan Longoria, who started Thursday's 11th-inning rally with a single, is batting second again tonight.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Evan Longoria, who started Thursday's 11th-inning rally with a single, is batting second again tonight.

Update 5:20 p.m. The Rays continued to hope that Thursday's dramatic walk-off win will have a carryover effect tonight to start the Red Sox series.

3B Evan Longoria, who started the 11th inning rally with a single, is batting second again tonight.

*Maddon said C Ryan Hanigan is still not 100 percent, which is why he's alternating games behind the plate. They don't want to push him too much.

*Maddon said he spoke to RHP Grant Balfour today about his post-game comments about the fans; Balfour wasn't happy the fans booed him after his blown save in the ninth. Maddon said while he didn't agree with Balfour, he wants all his players to have a freedom of speech. The fans too, deserve their freedom of speech.

*Maddon continued his praise of RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, who has not allowed a run in May, coming back strong from Tommy John surgery.


Rays lineup
DeJesus dh
Longoria 3b
Joyce lf
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Rodriguez 2b
Escobar ss
Hanigan c
Archer rhp

Red Sox lineup
Holt 3b
Bogaerts ss
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Napoli 1b
Pierzynski c
Victorino rf
Sizemore lf
Jackie Bradley jr cf
Lackey rhp

Developing: Fresh off what they hope was an inspirational 5-2 walkoff win over the A's, the Rays open a weekend series tonight with the struggling Red Sox at the Trop.

The Rays, who snapped a four-game losing streak with their first walkoff win of the season, are starting RHP Chris Archer, who has been struggling a bit himself. The Red Sox, who have lost seven straight, are starting veteran RHP John Lackey.

Here is the Red Sox lineup:
Holt 3b
Bogaerts ss
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Napoli 1b
Pierzynski c
Victorino rf
Sizemore lf
Bradley Jr. cf
Lackey p

 

[Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014 6:00pm]

    

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