UPDATE, 2:15: The Rays will stick with their planned pitching for the Arizona series, with Blake Snell starting Monday, an opener/bulk guy (likely Jalen Beeks) on Tuesday and Charlie Morton Wednesday. Cash said they will have to talk over Yarbrough’s role.
UPDATE, 1:46: Today’s Rays-Orioles game has been rained out. The teams will make it up as part of a split-DH on July 13, the first series after the All-Star break. This is the third rainout on this trip for Rays, who thankfully head home from here.
UPDATE, 12:55: The start of the game will be delayed due to the weather. The Orioles have yet to give an estimated starting time.
UPDATE, 11:35: The Rays had to make a decision by 10:05, 3 hours before game time, on whether to activate Yarbrough and they did, which was a sign they expected as of then anyway to play. Casey Sadler was optioned back to Durham. ... Cash said he thought it was good for Yarbrough to go to Durham, make a start and get some work in between. ... Cash said he had no updates on the weather but they hoped to play since they were here, rather than add a doubleheader for a later visit.
Here is the Orioles lineup:
DEVELOPING: It what has to be the rainiest road trip in franchise history, the Rays will again be dealing with the potential for rain, and a possible postponement, as they prepare to play the Orioles today.
The game is slated to start at 1:05, and there is expected to be rain then, and most of the afternoon. It rained much of the night, though there was a letup around 9, and the Rays bus is at the stadium.
The weather will impact the Rays pitching, as they are set to use Ryne Stanek as the opener and planned to activate Ryan Yarbrough, who was brought up and put on the taxi squad. But they have not announced that move, and could gamble and hold off if they expect the game to be called.
Here is the Rays lineup, if they play, against Orioles lefty John Means: