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Rays at A's, trying again



UPDATE, 7:10: Here is the Rays lineup:

Jaso c,
Zobrist 2b,
Crawford lf,
Longoria 3b,
Pena 1b,
Joyce rf,
Aybar dh,
Upton cf,
Bartlett ss,
Hellickson p

UPDATE, 6:55: Pitching coach Jim Hickey said Davis + Niemann did "extremely well" in sim game, will rejoin rotation next week barring "some very unforeseen circumstances." Davis will start Tuesday and Niemann Wednesday. Both threw all pitches and at "pretty much top effort," Hickey said, with no issues.
DEVELOPING: After coming oh-so-close Thursday night against the A's, the Rays try again tonight, seeking to gain back the game they lost to the Yankees. It will be something of a battle of two forces tonigth, as the Rays start rookie Jeremy Hellickson, who has won his first three starts, but are playing on a Friday, when they have a dismal 3-15 record on Fridays, with losses in 13 of their last 14.

Reliever Chad Qualls is expected to miss a second straight game tonight due to a death in his family.

Starters Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann threw their simulated game this afternoon, and appeared to get through it fine, which would set them up to return to the rotation next week in Anaheim, Davis on Tuesday and Niemann on Wednesday.

The A's will be without Conor Jackson, who went back on the DL with a lower abdominal strain. He was replaced by INF Jeff Larish, a former Tigers prospect.

And if you want something else to think about waiting for tonight's game, Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman is telling people he's in talks about getting an American League team to move to his town.

No lineups yet from either side, but soon.



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