Rain has made road trip even longer

Rain delays plague Rays' trip

BALTIMORE -- Rain delays have caused the Rays to sit and wait for a total of seven hours and 10 minutes during the current road trip.

"It has been misery," Rays reliever J.P. Howell said. "Speaking from a bullpen aspect, it's terrible, because when you're waiting to get in there, it just prolongs the wait. The later the start, the later we have to wait. So it's pretty tough for a bullpen guy."

Howell said the sitting around gave him an "awkward" feeling, especially in Boston, where the visiting clubhouse is tiny and dated.

"In New York, [a rain delay is] pretty easy," Howell said. "Great clubhouse, they have a lot of things. But Boston's pretty terrible. Any time there's a rain delay there, you're going to feel the wrath of that."

The Rays experienced a long delay after the start of the first game of the Boston series was postponed. And the second game was delayed before eventually getting called because of rain with the Red Sox winning.

Howell said being holed up in Fenway Park's visiting clubhouse during a rainout was like having a case of cabin fever.

"You could feel the walls closing in on you," Howell said. "You want to get out of there so bad, you could just scream. You get claustrophobic."

Rain delays do not mix well with an expanded roster inside the clubhouse, according to Howell.

"When it's packed like that, you're not as happy to see your neighbor as you usually are in that stadium," Howell said.

Ben Zobrist said the rain delays have made the trip seem longer.

"I felt like the last two or three weeks, not just the road trip and rain delays, has been a long time because we haven't played to the way we're capable of playing," Zobrist said. "When you're winning, scoring runs, when you're hot as a team, everything goes a lot quicker.

"When you're losing and you're not doing as well as a group as you'd like to do, everything seems longer. Road trips, rain delays, things just don't seem like they're going fast enough. I think that's just the way things go. Seven and a half hours feels like 15. But if we were winning, it would just feel like a couple of hours, no big deal."

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