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Update 5:59 p.m Maddon acknowledged that rookie RHP Alex Cobb will likely make another start for the Rays before getting sent back to Triple-A Durham.


RHP Jeff Niemann (lower back), is making his next rehab start Tuesday, and there's no offdays this week, giving Cobb another chance.

*Joyce is not in the lineup for the second straight day for a few reasons. First, the Tigers are throwing a lefty in LHP Phil Coke. And Maddon thought it'd be a good time to give Joyce's sore left shoulder another day. He's fine, and is expected to play in the Red Sox series, starting Tuesday.

*RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who caught the stomach bug yesterday, is apparently feeling better, and Maddon said he could be available tonight. Farnsworth is playing catch now, but Maddon said the fact he was eating earlier was a good sign.

Update 4:43 p.m. OF Justin Ruggiano will make his seventh straight start, and is back in the three hole, with Matt Joyce out of the lineup for the second straight game.

Manager Joe Maddon had said Sunday there was a possibility they'd sit Joyce again, with the Tigers throwing LHP Phil Coke, and giving Joyce a chance to rest his sore left shoulder heading into the Red Sox series.

Rays lineup
Damon dh
Zobrist rf
Ruggiano lf
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
Kotchman 1b
Johnson ss
Shoppach c
Cobb, rhp

Tigers lineup
Jackson cf
Kelly 3b
Boesch lf
Cabrera 1b
Martinez dh
Ordonez rf
Peralta ss
Avila c
Raburn 2b
Coke p

Developing: The Rays will wrap up their exhausting, 11-game, cross-country trip today with a makeup game against the Tigers before heading home tonight.

And who will greet them when they return? The red-hot Red Sox, who are at Tropicana Field Tuesday-Thursday.

Like Sunday, Tampa Bay will skip batting practice and arrive a little later, likely hoping to conserve some energy on a grueling, 7,000 plus mile trip. It worked well for them yesterday, as the Rays racked up nine runs, their biggest output since April 28.

Rookie RHP Alex Cobb will take the mound for what could be his final start before heading back to Triple-A Durham. RHP Jeff Niemann (lower back) will make his last rehab appearance for Durham Tuesday, so there's a chance Cobb could get another big-league outing. Cobb, who picked up his first win last time out in Anaheim, said he's more comfortable and confident with each start.

"He's definitely got the weapons to pitch against good teams," manager Joe Maddon said.

The Tigers, having won nine of their last 13, are now in first place in the AL Central, and are expected to get a boost today with the return of OF Magglio Ordonez from the DL.

For the Rays, DH Johnny Damon can set a club record if he reaches base today (he's tied Ben Grieve's mark of 37 consecutive games reaching safely).



[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:15am]


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