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For starters, Rays vs. Jays, with Cobb throwing



UPDATE, 5:41: Maddon said he really liked Keppinger vs. Villanueva tonight so that's why he's at third ahead of Roberts, and that the Rays' data shows some righthanded hitters may fare better, so thus Rodriguez over Johnson at shortstop. ... Maddon's original plan is for Longoria to be off on Thursday, but that could change depending on how much running he has to do tonight and how he feels. ... Luke Scott felt good in his batting practice session, saying his previously strained oblique wasn't as sore, and the Rays will decide tonight whether he needs a day of BP against a pitching machine with high velocity or is ready to go out on a rehab. ... RHP Jeff Niemann throws tonight in his first rehab outing for Class A Charlotte.

UPDATE, 3:53: Longoria is again in the Rays lineup, batting 4th as the cleanup hitter:
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Joyce rf
Longoria dh
Zobrist 3b
Pena 1b
Keppinger 3b
Molina c
S-Rod ss
Cobb p

BREAKING: The Rays are looking to make it two straight victories - and a remarkable 16 consecutive home series wins - over the Jays tonight at the Trop.

RHP Alex Cobb, coming off a pair of solid outings, will be on the mound for the Rays, opposing RHP Carlos Villanueva.

You probably want to be watching when Ben Zobrist comes up for the Rays - he is 3-for-5 in his career against Villanueva, and all threre hits are home runs.

The Rays are expected to again have Evan Longoria as the DH in their lineup. Longoria rejoined the Rays on Tuesday after missing more than three months following an April 30 partial tear of his left hamstring.

Here is the Jays lineup:

Davis lf
Rasmus cf
Encarnacion dh
Escobar ss
Cooper 1b
Johnson 2b
Mathis c
Gose rf
Hechavarria, 3b
Villaneuva, p

[Last modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 12:40am]


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