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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

ROGER MOONEY
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:

RAYS
Jennings CF
Peña 1B
Longoria 3B
Joyce LF
Zobrist RF
Keppinger 2B
Vogt DH
Molina C
Brignac SS

Price (1-0, 2.84)

RED SOX
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
McDonald LF
Ross RF
Aviles SS
Shoppach C

Beckett (0-1, 13.50)

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