ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The chaos and euphoria that emanated from the Red Sox' clubhouse after a 5-hour, 44-minute, 16-inning, 1-0 win over the Rays was accompanied by plenty of storylines early Monday morning.



It is inevitable.



 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's debatable what Sunday night (and early Monday morning) will be remembered for.



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dustin Pedroia lined an opposite-field single to right field with two outs in the 16th inning, scoring Josh Reddick and giving the Red Sox a 1-0 win over the Rays early Monday morning at Tropicana Field. The hit, which came off Rays reliever Adam Russell (the hosts' ninth pitcher of the contest) ended a game that set the record for longest by time (5 hours, 44 minutes) and innings in Tampa Bay history.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before his team's game with the Rays Sunday night that Jon Lester, who is rehabbing from an injured left lat muscle, is slated to return to the starting rotation July 26 when the Sox play the Royals at Fenway Park.

"He'll throw a side tomorrow. He'll come back Wednesday and throw a pretty significant side, and then Friday or Saturday he'll throw a smaller side. Then he'll pitch [a week from Tuesday]," Francona said.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox will put their lefty-heavy lineup in play against Tampa Bay righty Jeff Niemann, with J.D. Drew hitting sixth and playing right field and Josh Reddick in the seventh spot, manning left. Ortiz is the only Red Sox player in the lineup who has a home run against Niemann. Click here for the lineups for both teams. Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

J.D. Drew RF

Josh Reddick LF

Jason Varitek C

According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, the Red Sox are not in a rush to make a trade for outfield help.

"Red Sox will give their current outfielders -- Josh Reddick, in particular -- more time before deciding whether to go after somebody else," Olney wrote on Sunday.

Making his second rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford went 0-for-3 Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. Crawford, who has been coming back from a left hamstring strain, struck out in his first at-bat, grounded out to first base his second time up, and popped up to third base after being jammed on an 80 mph fastball from lefty R.J. Swindle in his final plate appearance of the night.

Just after a month after Rays All-Star starter James Shields tossed a complete-game shutout against them, the Red Sox turned the tables in beating up the right-hander for six runs in his six innings of work en route to a 9-5 victory in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking before the Red Sox' game against the Rays Saturday, Clay Buchholz said he is making progress in his return from  a strained muscle in his back, but has been frustrated that he hasn't been able to return quicker.