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For starters, Rays at Jays, at night!




UPDATE, 6:13: Maddon said the Rays info on Romero strongly favors left-handed hitters, which is why right-handed hitting Jeff Keppinger, who was signed to play against lefty pitchers, is not in the lineup and four lefties are: Pena, Scott, Joyce and Brignac. Maddon said if he had nine lefties he would have played them all tonight (though he could have have six with Stephen Vogt and switch-hitting Elliot Johnson.) ... Ben Zobrist said his right foot was sore and bruised from Monday's hit by pitch, but wouldn't limit him on the field. He was being fitted for some protective padding. ... Brandon Gomes will be used in a variety of roles out of the bullpen Maddon said, essentially as "a utility relief pitcher.''

UPDATE, 6:08: Jays lineup:

Escobar ss
Johnson 2b
Bautista rf
Lind 1b
Encarnacion dh
Thames lf
Lawrie 3b
Rasmus cf
Arencibia c
Romero p

UPDATE, 3:34:
 Longoria had a little fun with this Tweet to Romero this afternoon:

Can't wait to face my boy tonight, buena suerte amigo! It's always a battle!

BREAKING: The Rays can finally get into a regular routine with tonight's 7:07 game against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

After playing eight consecutive day games, and with a string of six different game times including tonight, the Rays can settle into a somewhat normal schedule, with three straight night games here and then two more at home before the Saturday Sunday matinee.

Jeff Niemann will be on the mound for the Rays, and will be a tough matchup with lefty Ricky Romero.

Manager Joe Maddon will put out a lineup with four lefthanders however, including Reid Brignac at short.

The full lineup:
Jennings cf
Pena 1b
Longoria 3b
Scott dh
Zobrist rf
Joyce lf
S-Rod 2b
Brignac ss
Gimenez c
Niemann p



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