UPDATE. 11:39: Cash said the weather information they got is that the game should be able to start around the planned time and they are likely going to play through some rain and may have some stoppages but should be able to get the game, or most of it anyway, in. We’ll see. ... Cash said he is pleased overall with the pitching of Beeks, who is set to work the bulk of the innings today.
Here is the Indians lineup, with Trevor Bauer starting but ex-Ray Jake Bauers on the bench:
DEVELOPING: After sitting through a nearly three-hour delay for what turned out to be not much rain on Saturday, the Rays and Indians are going to try and wrap up their four-game series this afternoon, though weather figures to be an issue again.
There was some light rain early this morning in Cleveland with more coming but then, according to the latest weather.com forecast anyway, there looks to be a reasonable chance for a window to play from the slated 1:10 start until about 4 when heavy rain moves in and sticks around into the night.
The Rays may not have much say in the matter, though there are conflicting forces in play as this is their only trip to Cleveland, so a postponement or suspension would mean they would have to come back on a future off-day or at the end of the season if it mattered.
But they have a 1:10 holiday matinee at the Trop on Monday vs. Toronto and certainly don’t want to be playing into the night in Cleveland.
With all that to be determined, the Rays have Ryne Stanek set to open today’s game, with lefty Jalen Beeks slated for the bulk of the innings. They did make one small roster move this morning, optioning Casey Sadler back to Triple-A and selecting veteran reliever Oliver Drake, who was 1-2, 4.94 in 19 games, including two opens.
Here is the Rays lineup:
B. Lowe 2b