The originally scheduled Saturday night contest will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game, which will resume with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied 1-1.
With the two games to be completed Saturday and an early Patriots' Day game Monday morning, there is a good chance the two teams will complete four games in the span of 40-plus hours.
Much of that will depend upon the weather Saturday.
When the clubs resume play, the Sox will be looking to build on a 74-28 record against the Rays at Fenway Park.
RHP James Shields (0-0, 3.97 ERA) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
There is a slight sense that it is make-or-break time for Buchholz. His inconsistent spring was followed up with a less-than-stellar debut Sunday in Kansas City, and Daisuke Matsuzaka has tossed 11 scoreless innings in two rehab starts.
A quality start will help Buchholz remain a factor in the rotation. If he struggles he might open the door for Matsuzaka to claim a spot after next weekend.
Buchholz gave up three runs — two earned — on seven hits and two walks in five innings against the Royals. He did get the win, but struggled to do so, allowing the leadoff man to reach in all five frames.
Shields has yet to get a decision in two starts. He has given up five runs in 11 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old is 3-7 with a 5.32 ERA against the Sox.
|SS Jason Bartlett
LF Carl Crawford
RF Ben Zobrist
3B Evan Longoria
1B Carlos Pena
CF B.J. Upton
DH Pat Burrell
C Jon Jaso
2B Sean Rodriguez
|SS Marco Scutaro
2B Dustin Pedroia
C Victor Martinez
1B Kevin Youkilis
DH David Ortiz
3B Mike Lowell
RF J.D. Drew
CF Mike Cameron
LF Jeremy Hermida
With more rain in the forecast Saturday night, the clubs would love to at least finish the suspended game. David Ortiz is due up for the Sox to start the bottom of the ninth, followed by Adrian Beltre and Jeremy Hermida.
When the second game begins, the Red Sox may actually have an extra player available in Cameron. They had only Martinez and Mike Lowell available off the bench Friday night, so Cameron's presence will help in the event of an extra-inning affair and then another game on the heels of that.
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