BOSTON — The Red Sox expect the weather to clear up enough to play their game against the Rays on Friday here at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. but the game could be delayed.
The tarp is on the field. There were severe thunderstorms at around 4:50 p.m. Rain is falling now.
“Should be OK,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “For everything I hear, we’ll play. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The precipitation potential is 53% at 7 p.m., 43% at 8 p.m., 28% at 9 p.m. and 17% at 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Per the National Weather Service’s detailed forecast in the Fenway area tonight, “A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 11pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.”
Right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha is scheduled to start for the Red Sox. Rafael Devers is not in the starting lineup. He’s receiving a routine day off.
Christian Arroyo will play third base and Kiké Hernández is at second base.