With Wednesday’s game against the Rays at Fenway Park postponed because of inclement weather, the teams will meet in a day-night doubleheader, with Game 1 at 1:05 and Game 2 at 7:10.
That plan seemed to be the point of some debate Wednesday afternoon, with Rays assistant player representative Ben Zobrist telling Rays writers the team had not agreed to a doubleheader.
But the Red Sox said the plan was approved by Major League Baseball, and had even received updated umpire rosters for two games on Thursday.
So, until further notice we will plan for a double header on Thursday.
• With the Rays making two additional trips to Fenway this season – May 30-June 1 and Sept. 23-25, and with the teams having mutual off days on Sept. 22 – it is possible, however, the game could be made up at a later date.
One reason the Rays might prefer to put the game off would be exactly a reason the Sox would want to play it on Thursday.
The Rays have been reeling lately – at 11-16 overall, losing six of their last seven. Their starting pitchers have lasted just 5.0 innings or fewer in 11 of their last 15 games, posting an ERA of 6.24, giving up 52 earned runs over 75 innings in that span.
Their bullpen has thrown 91 innings, more than 25 other teams, behind only the White Sox with 97 2/3 innings in the American League.
• Manager John Farrell did not like the idea of rescheduling the game for the Rays visit in May.
“We would then be in a 38 games in 38 days,” Farrell said. “Logistically they're here and we have the ability to play two tomorrow based on the forecast.
“I think there's a professional courtesy that goes into scheduling and challenges we face in these cases. You look at common off days, next time they're in town, all of those things go into it.”
• Right-hander Jake Peavy will start Game 1 on Thursday for the Sox, with left-hander Felix Doubront (who had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday) starting the night game.
“Personal preference,” Farrell said for flip-flopping the starters. “Jake is a little more known commodity as far as getting deeper in the game. I'd say it not always a guarantee knowing that you got a guy who won't overexpose your bullpen early and have guys fresh for Game 2.
“There have been some games where [Doubront] pitched very well even in this first month. To compare this year to last year, yes he got off to a slow start and then hit his stride and was one of the main contributors to our rotation.
“We envision him being that guy again. We've seen flashes in April that were than times last April. He's going to keep getting the ball. We have to see those in-game adjustments happen a little more readily.”
• Rays manager Joe Maddon said right-hander Chris Archer, Wednesday’s scheduled starter, and left-hander Cesar Ramos will start on Thursday, with the order yet to be determined.
• Each team will be able to add one player for the second game. That player does not have to be announced until between the two games.
Asked if the Sox would likely bring up a pitcher, Farrell replied: “I would assume.”