For starters, Rays at Indians, with Scott at 1B

UPDATE, 7:05: Scott didn't pack his first baseman's glove, so he planned to borrow Jeff Keppinger's mitt. Scott also needed to ge a cup; he did not plan to borrow Keppinger's.

UPDATE, 5:56: Maddon said that both Matsui and Keppinger have improved enough they are available to pinch hit. .. He said he figured it was worth trying Scott at first base, as much to relieve the mental burden of his offensive struggles by giving him something else to think about and making him feel like a more complete ballplayer. Scott, who spoke extensively about how tough it's been for him (including tears), figured it was worth a try as well: "Why not.'' He made 10 starts at first last year for the Orioles. ... After seeing the Indians had nine lefty swingers in their lineup (7 lefties, and 2 switch-hitters) Maddon flipped Sean Rodriguez (the better defender) to second base and Will Rhymes to third. 

Indians lineup:
Choo rf
Cabrera ss
Kipnis 2b
Hafner dh
Santana c
Brantley cf
Kotchman 1b
Damon lf
Hannahan 3b
Tomlin p

UPDATE, 4:05: Luke Scott is at first base for the first time this season, an attempt to help him break his 0-for-36, with Pena at DH. Here is Rays lineup:
Jennings lf,
Pena dh,
Zobrist rf,
Upton cf,
Scott 1b,
Rhymes 2b,
Molina c,
Johnson ss,
S-Rod 3b,
Hellickson p

BREAKING: The Rays are hoping to put Wednesday's crushing loss to the Yankees behind them and head into the All-Star break on a roll as they open a four-game series at Cleveland tonight.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson will be on the mound for the Rays, having left his last start after being hit on the shin by a line drive - and that being his return from 15 days on the DL due to shoulder fatigue.

The Rays look to be a bit shorthanded, as both OF Hideki Matsui (hamstring tightness) and INF Jeff Keppinger (triceps bruise) are limited. Also, OF Matt Joyce had a setback in his rehab assignment and won't be rejoining the team this weekend.

The Indians are starting RHP Josh Tomlin, who is 4-5, 5.85.

 

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