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UPDATE: Rays at Indians lineups for Saturday, set for a 6:55 start after a long delay and little rain

For the second straight week, the Rays are looking to rebound from a tough Friday loss. Charlie Morton is starting.
Tampa Bay Rays opening pitcher Charlie Morton (50) delivers during the first inning. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published May 25
Updated May 25

UPDATE, 6:16: After a brief light (at most) rain, the Rays and Indians are set for a 6:15 start. File this as a bad decision by Indians to wait.

UPDATE, 4:16: With heavy thunderstorms expected to roll through Cleveland later this afternoon, the start of the game is being delayed even though it’s not raining and partly cloudy at the time when the game was to start.

UPDATE, 2:30: Cash opened his media session with an acknowledgement of long-time baseball Gerry Fraley, who passed away earlier Saturday, calling it “a sad loss for baseball” and saying “I really enjoyed our conversations over the years, probably learned a lot from him.” ... Cash said again hasn’t lost any confidence in Alvarado, would have him back out in high leverage today if needed. ... Tommy Pham said Saturday what seemed obvious by his actions Friday, that he was upset with the game-ending strike three call by umpire Eric Cooper and showed that frustration by breaking his bat - a maple one, by the way - over his right knee.

Here is the Indians lineup:

Lindor ss

Kipnis 2b

Santana dh

Bauers 1b

Ramirez 3b

Luplow rf

Martin cf

Perez c

Allen lf

Carrasco p

DEVELOPING: It’s Cleveland and not New York, but for the second straight week the Rays go into play Saturday trying to rebound from a tough Friday night loss, with Jose Alvarado at the center of it.

Last weekend, Alvarado blew a two-run ninth inning lead at Yankee Stadium as the Rays were walked off, though he came back on Saturday and closed the Yankees out in the 11th inning.

This week, he gave up two runs to the Indians in the eighth with a messy three-walk outing in turning a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 defeat.

Manager Kevin Cash said afterward they remain confident in Alvarado and committed to using him in high-leverage situations.

Today, the Rays will send veteran Charlie Morton, looking to rebound from his own rough outing, to the mound to face Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco. Gametime is 4 p.m., with rain expected in Cleveland throughout much of the afternoon.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Meadows rf

Pham lf

Choi 1b

Garcia dh

B. Lowe 2b

Adames ss

Kiermaier cf

d’Arnaud c

Robertson 3b

Morton p


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