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For starters, Rays vs Cardinals, with no Longoria

Update 12:09 p.m. The Rays lineup does not include 3B Evan Longoria, who is being given the day off. Manager Joe Maddon said he had planned on giving Longoria a day off following the team's off-day Thursday, or today, and picked today.


OF Justin Ruggiano, who had a two-run homer and big catch in left last night, gets another start in leftfield.

Rays lineup
Damon dh
Zobrist 2b
Joyce rf
Upton cf
Kotchman 1b
Ruggiano lf
Jaso c
Rodriguez 3b
Johnson ss

Developing: The Rays will wrap up their homestand with a matinee today against the Cardinals, and they'll find out how many All-Star represenatitives they'll have on Selection Sunday.

It's been expected that RHP James Shields has the best chance to make the All-Star roster, though he likely won't be able to pitch (since he's starting the Sunday before the game).

On the mound today will be rookie RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who has lost four straight starts, but has got almost no run support (the Rays have scored one combined run over those four starts). The key for Hellickson will be his fastball command, manager Joe Maddon said.

Tampa Bay won 5-1 last night against St. Louis, thanks to a big, bases-clearing double by Casey Kotchman, and a two-run homer by Justin Ruggiano. After today's game, the Rays will depart for a road trip through Minneapolis and New York before starting the All-Star break.



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:15am]


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