- Gordon Edes, Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- Rain assured no changing of the guard at the top of the American League East standings. The Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were washed out Thursday, with the game rescheduled for 6:10 p.m. ET Monday, an off day for both teams.
The Sox will be returning home from a weekend series against the Orioles, while the Rays were supposed to go home from New York but will make a one-night detour after their series with the Yankees.
The rainout means that Boston maintained its half-game lead over the Rays, who had won two out of three against the Sox this week after losing nine of 12 head-to-head meetings earlier this season. Matt Moore and David Price threw complete-game victories against the Sox, becoming the first lefties to record complete-game wins in the same series in Boston since Vida Blue and Darold Knowles of Oakland did so 40 years ago, Aug. 14-16, 1973.
Sox manager John Farrell made a slight alteration in the team's rotation, with Brandon Workman pulled out of his scheduled start Saturday and rescheduled for Tuesday. John Lackey, who was to have pitched Thursday night, will open the Orioles series, with Ryan Dempster going Saturday and Jon Lester on Sunday.
Felix Doubront, who lost to Price on Wednesday, will pitch Monday, with Workman scheduled to face the Seattle Mariners here Tuesday. The reshuffling, Farrell said, makes Workman available out of the pen for the next couple of nights.
The rainout sets up the near-certainty that Price, who needed just 97 pitches to beat the Sox on Wednesday, will get another shot at the Sox on Monday. Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters he was holding off on that decision, but Roberto Hernandez should make plans to be pushed back in the rotation.