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For starters, Rays at Indians, seeking more

UPDATE, 4:50: Maddon said it was a good day to give Elliot Johnson a rest, with Moore being more of a fly ball pitcher, and he wanted to get Rodriguez back in. ... Hideki Matsui ran better in tests of his tight hamstring and may be able to stay in the game to run if used as a pinch-hitter, though he is not ready to play the field. ... Maddon said they will announced the second half pitching plans on Sunday.

Indians lineup, with no Damon or Kotchman against the lefty Moore:
Choo rf
Cabrera ss
Lopez 2b
Brantley cf
Santana 1b
Duncan DH
Marson c
Hannahan 3b
Cunningham lf
Jimenez p

UPDATE, 3:35: Rays lineup, with Keppinger back and Johnson out:
Jennings lf,
Pena 1b,
Zobrist rf,
Upton cf,
Keppinger 3b,
Scott dh,
Molina c,
Conrad 2b,
S-Rod ss,
Moore p

 BREAKING: The Rays are looking to build on Friday's offensive outburts as they posted double-digit runs (for the first time since June 15) and 13 hits (for the first time since June 24) in the 10-3 win.

Rookie LHP Matt Mooore will be on the mound tonight - reminder, there is no TV - seeking a good finish to his first half against Indians RHP Ublado Jimenez.

There was an overall sense of relief in the Rays clubhouse Friday as Luke Scott hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to snap his team-record 0-for-41 streak. Upon further review, the Elias Sports Bureau found he was the second player to end a streak at least that long with a homer, following Kansas City's Chuck Harrison, who also ended an 0-for-41 with a bang on July 27, 1971 off Detroit's Mickey Lolich.

Also, the Rays named their June minor-league players of the month, honoring Triple-A Durham C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt and Class A Bowling Green P Roberto Gomez.




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