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For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox

Chris Archer will take the mound in his first start against the Red Sox since he criticized DH David Ortiz for admiring his home runs.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Chris Archer will take the mound in his first start against the Red Sox since he criticized DH David Ortiz for admiring his home runs.

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Update 5:24 p.m.  Rays manager Joe Maddon said he "would not doubt" that there will be more attention paid to David Ortiz's at-bats against Chris Archer tonight, considering the critical comments the two players traded after the last meeting.

But Maddon hope nothing comes of it, pointing out that sometimes things are said in the heat of the moment.

*Maddon said he would have been surprised had someone told him before the season that this late-August series between the Rays and Red Sox would include the fourth and fifth-place team in the division. Maddon said his team's situation is a byproduct of a 1-14 stretch earlier in this season that put them behind, and though they got back to .500 after being 18 games below, it took a lot out of them.

*While Maddon said LHP Drew Smyly could get shut down after 2-3 more starts - because he's at a career-high 141 1/3 innings - the lefthander hopes he can still keep pitching. Smyly said he feels great, but knows the decision is not in his control.

*Maddon said Archer's fastball command has gotten better, part of the reason for his recent roll, along with better self-awareness.

Here's the lineups:


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

Red Sox lineup
Holt ss
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Cespedes lf
Napoli 1b
Nava rf
Betts cf
Middlebrooks 3b
Vazquez c
Ranaudo lhp

Developing: The Rays return home after a tough 3-4 road trip to open a four-game series with the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.

Still in the midst of a critical stretch against American League East opponents, the Rays are eight games out of the second wild-card spot.

RHP Chris Archer will take the mound in his first start against the Red Sox since he criticized DH David Ortiz for admiring his home runs.

Lineups, and more, to come.

[Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014 5:35pm]

    

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