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Red Sox rained out; Rays return Monday

Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed by rain and will be made up on Monday.

The game was called at 7:37 p.m., only 27 minutes after the scheduled start time. Because the game was the last one scheduled between the teams at Fenway Park this season, the decision was in the hands of the umpires and Major League Baseball, not the Red Sox.

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The teams had a mutual day off on Monday and will play at 6:10 p.m. The Red Sox have a weekend series in Baltimore and the Rays are playing the Yankees in New York.

The Red Sox reconfigured their rotation a bit. John Lackey will start on Friday against the Orioles followed by Ryan Dempster and Jon Lester. Felix Doubront will face the Rays on Monday.

Rookie righthander Brandon Workman, who had been scheduled for Saturday, was pushed back to Tuesday against Seattle. Workman is available in relief on Friday and Saturday, manager John Farrell said.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said either David Price or Roberto Hernandez would pitch on Monday.

Bet on it being Price. The lefthander dominated the Red Sox on Wednesday, throwing a 97-pitch complete game in a 5-1 Tampa Bay victory. Hernandez faced the Sox on Tuesday and allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Doubront (104 pitches) took the loss on Wednesday, giving up three runs in 6 innings.

Interested party

Red Sox scouts were closely monitoring the events at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Thursday.

Righthander Jake Peavy beat the Detroit Tigers, allowing four runs on four hits (three of them home runs) over seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

The 32-year-old Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 earned run average in 13 starts and stands as one of the better starters available on the trade market. He has pitched two games since coming off the disabled list and allowed six earned runs over 13 innings.

Peavy has $5.6 million remaining on his contract for this season and is signed for 2014 at $14.5 million. There is a $15 million player option for 2015 that vests if Peavy throws 400 innings from 2013-14 including 190 in 2014.

The Red Sox also were looking at several relievers. Righthander Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless inning and he, too, could be made available.

But righthander Jesse Crain, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, was unable to throw in the bullpen. He will remain on the DL indefinitely.

Cuban pitcher eyed

Team president Larry Lucchino said on WEEI Thursday that the Sox are looking “pretty hard” at Cuban free agent Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, 26, has been pitching for scouts for several weeks and is expected to arrive at a decision within the next week. He has not pitched in two seasons in Cuba and it’s uncertain how quickly he would be ready for a major league game.

The upside for the Red Sox would be acquiring pitching depth without shedding prospects in a trade.

“Reaching into your pocket for your wallet is much easier. We have some really talented young players in our minor league system, and [general manager] Ben Cherington guards them like his first-born child. He really does want to grow this team internally,” Lucchino said.

Gonzalez briefly played in Cuba with Sox infielder Jose Iglesias.

Shift success

The analysis at Baseball Info Solutions revealed an interesting statistic. The Sox have used an infield shift for 291 plate appearances this season and it has saved eight runs.

The Orioles lead the majors with 344 shifts and 10 runs saved. The Rays have saved nine runs.

The statistic takes into account runs that scored because of the shift. The Yankees, for instance, have shifted 302 times and have zero runs saved.

Contreras shining

Jose Contreras has appeared in two games for Triple A Pawtucket, throwing 3 scoreless innings with three walks and seven strikeouts. He has not allowed a hit. The 41-year-old righthander was signed to a minor league contract last week.

Farrell said the reports were positive about Contreras’s velocity and the quality of his pitches, particularly his split-finger fastball.

Brandon Lyon, who also was signed last week, has pitched twice and allowed two runs on three hits over 2 innings. Lyon appeared in 30 games for Toronto last season when Farrell managed there.

Surgery for Bailey

Andrew Bailey had surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday in New York. Dr. David Altchek, the Mets team physician, repaired a torn labrum and capsule. The surgery is expected to keep Bailey out for at least one year. Bailey was injured July 12 in Oakland . . . As Iglesias cools down (11 for his last 60 with 11 strikeouts), Will Middlebrooks is 8 of 18 with three doubles, a home run, and three RBIs in his last four games at Pawtucket and is hitting .318 with an .898 OPS in his last 10 . . . The Red Sox have new T-shirts that say “We Fear Nothing” on the front and “If You See This, Your (sic) In Second” on the back. The grammatical error went unnoticed. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who graduated from Yale, joked they should have checked with him.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.
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