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Tonight's Rays-Red Sox game has been postponed

After tonight's Rays-Red Sox game in Boston was postponed, the Rays left Fenway Park at 5 p.m. not knowing what time they were playing tomorrow.

The Red Sox put out a press release saying there would be a split doubleheader on Thursday, with games at 1:05 and 7:05. But Rays acting player rep Ben Zobrist said that is not the case, that MLB has not approved it and the makeup date is not set yet. The Rays would prefer to play only one game on Thursday.

Zobrist has been in communication with the players union, and says the language in the Basic Agreement about there being "practical alternatives" to a split DH should be applicable. The teams do have a Sept. 22 common off-day, or could play a split DH in May.

One would think the Sox's primary motivation in wanting to play a doubleheader on Thursday is to take advantage of the Rays' current struggles. But there is also a theory that a Dustin Pedroia bobblehead giveaway was part of the issue -- that the Sox planned to give them away on Wednesday, and if they don't do so instead for a makeup game on Thursday, they will have nowhere to store them.

The Sox have already decided on their pitching for the doubleheader; with RHP Jake Peavy in the day game and LHP Felix Doubront at night. The Rays would pitch RHP Chris Archer and LHP Cesar Ramos but have not decided on the order.

Given the forecast for rain during the day, it would make sense for them to pitch Ramos in the day game rather than risk losing Archer, who is more likely to work deep into the game, if there was a delay.

Tonight's Rays-Red Sox game has been postponed 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:22pm]
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