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For starters, Mets vs. Rays (UPDATED 5 P.M.)



Manager Joe Maddon has tweaked his lineup for tonight's interleague series opener against the Mets. Second baseman Ben Zobrist (hand) is out; Will "Batman" Rhymes will spell him in the order and play third, with Sean Rodriguez going to second.

Zobrist has experienced soreness since taking a ball to the hand on a slide into second during the weekend series at Miami. X-rays were negative, the Rays confirmed. Maddon said he was hopeful Zobrist would be available to pinch-hit tonight.

As a result of the change, DH Hideki Matsui, celebrating his 38th birthday, moves from sixth to fifth in the order.

Your starting lineups:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF
Jordany Valdespin, DH
David Wright, 3B
Lucas Duda, RF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Josh Thole, C
Omar Quintanilla, SS

P Chris Young (0-0, 3.60)

Desmond Jennings, LF
Carlos Pena, 1B
B.J. Upton, CF
Matt Joyce, RF
Hideki Matsui, DH
Will Rhymes, 3B
Jose Molina, C
Elliot Johnson, SS
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
P Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.13)

[Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:39am]


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