Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ Red Sox, Hellickson, Lobaton updates
Posted Apr 13, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 13, 2012 at 01:08 PM
BOSTON The Red Sox are about to begin their 100th season this afternoon at sun-splashed Fenway Park.
A band is playing outside the old ball yard, which turns 100 this season.
Festivities for the Sox home opener are under wraps, but the BoSox fans seem upbeat despite the fact the Old Towne team has the worst record in the major leagues at 1-5.
In fact, Rays manager Joe Maddon took delight in the AL East standings on the Green Monstah that show his club tied for first with the Blue Jays but listed on top of the standings.
In Rays news, Jeremy Hellickson took another concussion test this morning and expects to pitch Saturday afternoon. Maddon said he expects Hellickson to pitch. But Hellickson has to be cleared by a Major League Baseball doctor. Maddon said the team expects to find out sometime this afternoon.
Catcher Jose Lobaton said his sore right shoulder, injured Thursday against the Tigers, felt better, but he doesn’t think he can play today or tomorrow.
Right now that’s not a problem because Jose Molina was scheduled to start these next two games. If Maddon has to replace Molina he can do so with Stephen Vogt. But Maddon said earlier this week that Vogt is not ready to start games behind the plate at the major league level.
Maddon said he will know about the extent of Lobaton’s injury after the catcher throws during BP today.
DH Luke Scott hoped to play today, but said his tight hamstring was only “60 percent” Thursday. He wants it to be at least 80 percent before he feels like he can have a productive at-bat during a game.
Here are the lineups:
Price (1-0, 2.84)
Beckett (0-1, 13.50)