Dawning of a new era
Before the Rays' series finale here in Baltimore, the team claimed infielder Josh Wilson off waivers from the Nationals. The Rays will make a corresponding move after tonight's game, but more than likely that move would be to send SS Ben Zobrist down to Triple-A Durham because it's unlikely the team would carry three players who play shortstop.
Wilson, a former third-round selection of the Marlins in 1999, was 1-for-19 and five errors in 15 games with the Nats this season, but manager Joe Maddon said before today's game that Wilson was a player who the Rays brass liked given his past hitting -- He hit 18 doubles and 10 homers in 89 games last season in Triple-A.
The Josh Wilson era in Tampa Bay will begin tonight, when he is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore in time for the team's postgame flight to Toronto.
In the meantime, here's tonight's lineup: