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Garza to start Wednesday for Rays

Garza to start Wednesday for Rays

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NEW YORK -- Matt Garza will likely be the Rays' starter Wednesday night in their final regular-season game against the Red Sox this season.

"Pretty much [Garza will be the starter], yeah -- we just want to make sure that he's fine," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He pitched [Saturday], obviously, and we're going to see how he feels, and then if he's well, that was part of wanting to get him out with less number of pitches also."

Friday night's rainout, which forced a doubleheader Saturday, put in question the status of Garza for Wednesday night's start, since he will be pitching on three days' rest.

Garza was aware of what the Rays planned to do prior to Saturday's game, in which he threw just 83 pitches in a no-decision.

"We didn't really pound on it, it was just part of the game plan," Maddon said. "We just wanted to see how the game would play out. He wasn't as sharp as he normally can be [Saturday] also, but the bullpen was relatively rested with what Shields had done [in the first game]. Everything was tied together and it was all as we had hoped for, and it just didn't work out in the end."

There had been some speculation that top prospect David Price might make his first Major League start Wednesday night, but he relieved Edwin Jackson on Sunday.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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