Sunday's Rays workout at Fenway Park in preparation for Monday's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series is at 6:30 p.m. ET, which prompted the change in philosophy.
"By doing it this way, it gives everyone another night in their own bed. Feels like we'll be up there a week. So just thought it would make it easier on everybody."
The Rays' team bus will leave Tropicana Field at 11 a.m. Sunday and the charter will leave the Clearwater/St. Petersburg Airport at noon.
Having the 6:30 workout slot "permitted us to fly up the day of and still have a nice dinner and get some rest," Maddon said. "It's balanced on both sides."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.