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For starters, Rays at Mariners, seeking eight with Longoria back



UPDATE, 6:50: Longoria is back in the lineup, Zobrist is at SS for the 5th time in 6 games and Molina is behind the plate again. Lineup: Jennings lf Upton cf Joyce rf Longoria DH Zobrist ss Keppinger 3b Pena 1b Roberts 2b Molina c Moore p BREAKING:

The Rays are looking to extend their season-high winning streak to eight games tonight against the Mariners in Seattle, with first pitch around 10:10 p.m.

LHP Matt Moore, who has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball of late, will be on the mound, against M's veteran Kevin Millwood, who has been on of the game's least successful.

The Rays are expected to have Evan Longoria back in the lineup after he took Monday off for precautionary rest of his left hamstring.

Moore is 3-0, 0.51 in his last three starts, and is 8-2, 2.93 in his last 12 starts, after going 1-5, 4.76 in his first 10. With a win, he would give the Rays a rookie start with double-digit victories for the fourth straight year.

Here is the Mariners lineup, with Justin Smoak called up from Triple-A:
Dustin Ackley         2B
Trayvon Robinson  LF
Jesus Montero       DH
Kyle Seager           3B
Casper Wells         CF
Justin Smoak         1B
Miguel Olivo            C
Eric Thames           RF
Brendan Ryan        SS
Kevin Millwood       P 


[Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:40am]


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