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Rays squawk about day-night doubleheader

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The Rays were not pleased with the plan to make up Tuesday's rained-out game in Minnesota as the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.

Their preference would have been to schedule a doubleheader when they return to play the Twins from July 4-6, and they had two concerns.

One is that weather -- near freezing temperatures and steady rain that could turn to snow -- won't be that much better Thursday.

"Too many things can go wrong for both sides in the cold," Rays center fielder B.J. Upton said. "Guys can't get as loose as they normally would, the ground might still be wet. ... Too much can go wrong."

The other is the taxing effect of having to play a night game Thursday, delaying their arrival home until 4 or 5 a.m. Friday, with a game that night against the Angels and then another quick turnaround with a nationally televised game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

"That can have a negative impact on your energy level," manager Joe Maddon said.

And also on their relievers.

"You go from a really well-rested bullpen to a very taxed one very quickly if the games don't play out well," Maddon said.

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