Due to inclement weather — perhaps the Sox need a dome — the Rays will play a two-game set instead of a three-game weekend series as scheduled. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays)

After a postponement due to inclement weather on Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays will start their now two-game series against the Boston Red Sox this afternoon.

With the rainout in mind, going forward the Rays rotation will be Charlie Morton on Saturday and Tyler Glasnow on Sunday versus the Red Sox, and Yonny Chirinos on Monday and Blake Snell on Tuesday versus Kansas City — both of whom will be followed by an opener in game three on Wednesday.

Friday’s game will be made up in a June 8th day/night doubleheader on June 8th — in the midst of the Rays’ toughest stretch of the season. Tampa Bay will play 21 games in 20 days and 34 games in 34 days going into the All-Star Break (and 47 of 48).

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Charlie Morton Morton (2-0, 3.38 ERA) will get the start against David Price (1-1, 3.75 ERA), who will face a decidedly right-handed lineup.

Charlie Morton coughed up five early runs on five hits and two walks over six innings on Saturday while striking out nine. The big blow off Morton came on a second-inning grand slam by Andrew Benintendi. Yet Morton was able to shake it off and shut Boston down for the next four frames, giving his team a chance to mount a comeback and eventually tie things up in the eighth. Morton will take a 3.38 ERA and a 2.83 K/BB across 26-2/3 innings into his rematch against the Red Sox, in Boston.

David Price fanned 10 and allowed two runs on two walks and five hits in a five-inning no-decision against the Rays on Sunday. It was the former ace’s first 10-strikeout game of the season; his first double-digit strikeout game since late last season. Sunday’s strong outing gives Price an excellent 6 K/BB across 24 innings this season. Key Matchups: Christian Arroyo (1-2), Kevin Kiermaier (5-19, 2 2B, HR, RBI, BB), Micahel Perez (2-5), Daniel Robertson (3-11, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB)

You can read about the series in our preview, while the lineup is below.

Rays 4/26/19 Starting Lineup

  1. Diaz 1B
  2. Pham DH
  3. Robertson 2B
  4. Garcia RF
  5. Zunino C
  6. Kiermaier CF
  7. Heredia LF
  8. Adames SS
  9. Arroyo 3B
  10. Morton RHP

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