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For starters, Rays at Rangers, looking for another



UPDATE, 6:26: Maddon said he liked Jennings at-bats enough on Friday to move him back to the top spot, plus he liked the idea of Rodrigurz in more of an RBI position. ... Holland is tougher on lefties than Wilson, but Maddon said they committed to playing Joyce when they picked the roster so he is sticking with him. ... With Kotchman 8th and Joyce 9th there is a chance the Rangers can use lefty reliever Darren Oliver against them both, but the Rays strategy is to take a lead and hold it.

Rangers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
Andrus ss
Hamilton cf
Young dh
Beltre 3b
Napoli c
Cruz rf
Murphy lf
Moreland 1b
Holland p

UPDATE, 4:25: Rays lineup has Jennings back on top:
Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist 2b,
Damon dh,
Shoppach c,
S-Rod ss,
Kotchman 1b,
Joyce rf,
Shields p
  The Rays are getting ready to play Game 2 of the AL Division Series tonight against the Rangers, seeking to head home with a 2-0 advantage.

RHP James Shields will be on the mound for the Rays tonight, against Rangers LHP Derek Holland.

There is still a lot of talk today about the stunning performance of Rays rookie LHP Matt Moore, the 22-year-old rookie who threw seven shutout innings in Friday's opener. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Moore impressed him by pitching like a veteran.

Some more notes from Friday:

* The 9-0 win was the largest shutout in a postseason opener since 1984, when the Cubs beat the Padres in Game 1 of the NLCS.

* It was the Rays' 31st consecutive win when scoring five or more runs; they are now 64-7 when doing so.

* It was the first time the Rangers were shut out at home with two hits or fewer since Sept. 2009 vs. Oakland.

* Kelly Shoppach was the sixth catcher to hit two homers in a postseason game, joining Yogi Berra (1956 World Series) as the only ones to do so while catching a shutout.




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