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For starters, Rays at A's, seeking a rare feat



UPDATE, 2:55: Maddon spoke to the potential of a 6-3 roadtrip before the game, noting how with their tremendous pitching their defense and overall game have improved. ... DH Luke Scott continues to make progress in his recovery from a mild oblique strain but still has several steps to work through before heading out on a rehab assignment that he expects to last several days - 5-10 at-bats. ... Maddon said Evan Longoria is set to return to the lineup for Triple-A Durham on Thursday and wanted to clarify that Longoria sat out on Tuesday due to "general soreness" and not specific to his left hamstring. ...

UPDATE, 1:30: Rays lineup with Keppinger at DH today:

Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Zobrist 2b,
Joyce rf,
Keppinger dh,
Pena 1b,
Roberts 3b,
Molina c,
Johnson ss,
Cobb p

BREAKING: The Rays go into this afternoon's series- and roadtrip finale at Oakland with a chance to do something they've done only three times before in team history - win three series on a road trip.

It happened in 2004 (San Diego, Arizona, Toronto), in 2008 (Seattle, Oakland, Texas), in 2010 (Baltimore, Boston, Chicago).

The Rays will have RHP Alex Cobb on the mound - and he's prepping this morning by running around on the field playing Frisbee with Matt Moore - against Oakland's Jarrod Parker.

The Rays beat the A's 8-0 on Tuesday behind a three-hit comeplete game shutout by James Shields.

Oakland's lineup:
Weeks 2b
Smith lf
Reddick rf
Cespedes cf
Carter dh
Moss 1b
Inge 3b
Suzuki c
Sogard 3b
Parker p



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