For starters: Rays vs. Twins, after a short night
UPDATE, 11:27: Rays Maddon said he rested the players he wanted to in putting together the lineup. .., Several staff members, including strength and conditioning coach Kevin Barr, spent the short night in the clubhouse. ... Ben Zobrist, who got good-luck hugs from his kids and a kiss from wife Julianna before batting in the 13th and knocking in the winning run, said he got about 7 hours sleep. ... RHP Alex Cobb said his bullpen session went well again, also tha he took the MLB concussion test on Wednesday and felt he passed and did some fielding drills over the past few days, including standing behind the screen while line drives where hit at him. He said it was scary at first then felt normal. He is aiming for an early August return. ... RHP Brandon Gomes also threw a bullpen session and said he felt "great,'' with another set for Sunday.
UPDATE, 11:18: The Rays lineup is quite as radical as Maddon suggested, as it includes Evan Longoria at 3B, after he told Maddon he was fine to play, and 1B James Loney, who had a day off over the weekend.
But, SS Yunel Escobar, CF Desmond Jennings and Wednesday night hero 2B Ben Zobrist are all off, and Wil Myer is hitting second:
DEVELOPING: The Rays will battle the Twins and fatigue today as they take the field for a 12:10 game - about 12 hours after the end of Wednesday's marathon - seeking to extend their season-best winning streak to eight.
Matt Moore will be on the mound for the Rays seeking his 13th win, and hoping to further his chances to be named to the AL All-Star team as a replacement. The Twins are starting Mike Pelfrey.
The Rays prevailed 4-3 in 13 innings last night, the game ending at 11:59 when Ben Zobrist singled in Yunel Escobar.
The Rays used eight pitchers - all relievers but Alex Torres - though manager Joe Maddon said the bullpen would be in good shape today.
More of a mystery will be the lineup, which Maddon said will have a "different" look as he wants to rest some players.
More when available.