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Rays v BoSox: Joyce to start rehab assignment Sunday and lineups

Posted Jul 14, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM

RF Matt Joyce will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Charlotte and could be back with the team Wednesday if everything goes well.

Joyce is scheduled to play Sunday and Monday and be reevaluated Tuesday.

This will be Joyce’s second attempt at a comeback from a left external oblique strain. He suffered a stiff back after three plate appearances during his first try with Triple A Durham. The two injuries were unrelated.

This means OF Sam Fuld, rehabbing from wrist surgery during the final week of spring training, won’t beat Joyce back as suggested Thursday by manager Joe Maddon. Fuld, who has yet to play back-to-back games with the Stone Crabs, is still trying to get his timing at the plate.

The Rays and Red Sox are back at it tonight at the Trop.

All-Star David Price faces Clay Buchholz, who is coming off the disabled list to make the start.

Here are the lineups:

Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Aviles SS
Shoppach C
Lillibridge 1B
Nava LF

Buchholz RHP (8-2, 5.53)

Johnson SS
Peña 1B
Zobrist RF
Upton CF
Scott DH
Keppinger 3B
Jennings RF
Molina C
Rodriguez 2B

Price LHP (11-4, 2.82)

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