Heading into the Suspended Game

Joe Maddon said the strategy for playing the suspended game is to use all of his resources in an effort to win the game.

“You put all of your focus on this game then react to the second game,” Maddon said.

The Rays have burned relievers Randy Choate, Dan Wheeler and Grant Balfour in the first eight and a half innings of the game and Lance Cormier will start the bottom of the ninth, which leaves everybody else in the bullpen available for duty.

Also, in a significant development, there’s some question whether Jonathan Papelbon will be available at all tonight since he and his wife celebrated the birth of a son on Saturday.

–Bill Chastain

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