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RAIN MEANS TWO ON SUNDAY

This is how bad it's going for the Rays: Even Friday's rainout went against them.

The Rays had the bases loaded with one out in the first inning when the game was delayed 2:20 then postponed at 9:48 p.m., and when the game is made up as part of a Sunday doubleheader, the Rays will have to start over.

"What did Churchill say: 'When you're going through hell, keep going?'" Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I heard that today. In a baseball sense."

Because the forecast is also bad for today, the doubleheader was set for Sunday at noon and 5 p.m. (Sun Sports plans to show both games).

Both of Friday's starters - Rays RHP James Shields, who warmed up only briefly, and Sox LHP Jon Lester, who threw 23 pitches - will work Sunday's second game.

Both teams will stick with their scheduled starters tonight, rookie RHP Wade Davis for the Rays, RHP Josh Beckett for the Sox. RHP Matt Garza will start the early game Sunday, which technically is the makeup game, against RHP Clay Buchholz.

"As it turns out, neither team was really hurt by it because both (Friday) pitchers can pitch on Sunday," Maddon said. "So it's going to be fine. It's a push."

The Rays will need a starter for Wednesday's game in Baltimore with RHP Andy Sonnanstine a possibility.

Shields said he could pitch tonight and will be fine on Sunday: "They're giving me an extra day, which is okay with me."

It seemed odd the Red Sox decided to start the game given the conditions. It rained most of the afternoon, the skies were ominous and the radar maps colorful. But umpire crew chief Randy Marsh informed the managers there was supposed to be only light rain and they should be able to play through it.

But after just 12 minutes of play - enough for Jason Bartlett, Carl Crawford and Ben Zobrist to single and Evan Longoria to fly out - the rains started, got heavy and really never stopped.

For the Rays, riding an eight-game losing streak, it figured.

WADING IN: Not showing much emotion is part of Davis' game, so it's not a surprise he didn't act overly excited about making his second big-league start tonight against the Red Sox.

"It's Fenway Park, and I don't think I have to say too much about it," he said. "It's going to be fun."

Davis had a rough spring outing against the Red Sox (six runs, eight hits, 22/3 innings), but attributed that to a bit of a dead arm that left him feeling off his game plus the bad karma of warming up through the national anthem.

"That's probably why it didn't go too well," he said.

Davis dominated Detroit in his debut Sunday, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings while striking out nine, including the first four.

"Same approach, different hitters," he said. "Stay relaxed, throw strikes, get ahead, be aggressive."

Maddon is eager to see how he does.

"It's going to be fun to watch," he said. "I'd like to think we'll see a lot of the same. He had really good fastball command.... It's a different set of circumstances. It's a foreign ballpark. He's never been here before. It's going to be rather difficult. I'm real eager to see it because I think he can handle it."

Davis, 24, might have something of an edge. While only a few Sox hitters have seen him in the minors (he faced Triple-A Pawtucket twice this season), he has been watching them on TV for years.

"I think it's always to my advantage when a team hasn't seen me," he said. "I've actually been watching a lot of hitters for the past 3-4 years, just watching them on TV (thinking) how could I get this guy out, what kind of swing is he taking.

"So I've been watching them a lot longer than they've been watching me."

MINOR MATTERS: Triple-A Durham beat Louisville (Reds) 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five International League first-round series with a strong start from LHP Jason Cromer and a four-run fourth. Game 4 is tonight. ... Class A Charlotte's opening game of the best-of-five Florida State League final on Friday against Tampa (Yankees) at Steinbrenner Field was postponed until tonight. Game 2 is Sunday night in Tampa then the rest in Port Charlotte on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.

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