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For starters, Rays vs. Jays - with Longoria hitting third

UPDATE, 5:35: Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who leads the AL in hitting and home runs, will miss the series due to neck spasms, Toronto manager John Farrell said. ...  Maddon joked upon Longoria's return that "The Babe's back." ... Though Longoria is back in the No. 3 spot tonight, Maddon is still toying with dropping him to cleanup against righthanders, so we'll see on Wednesday what he decides. ... New reliever Brandon Gomes will be used primarily in middle relief, though it's possible he could get some late-inning work if needed. ... Former Ray Roberto Hernandez was in uniform in his new role as an adviser to the bullpen, with Maddon inviting him to come out whenever he can - probably a couple times a homestand - to answer questions and share knowledge. Hernandez still lives in the St. Pete area and said he has season tickets for his sons.

UPDATE, 3:05: Longoria is indeed back in the Rays lineup, and hitting third.

Here is the full lineup:
Fuld lf
Damon dh
Longoria 3b
Zobrist rf
Upton cf
S. Rodriguez 2b
Shoppach c
D. Johnson 1b
E. Johnson ss
Davis p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are readying to play the Jays today and should have 3B Evan Longoria back in their lineup for the first time since April 2, when he strained his left oblique.

RHP Wade Davis will on the mound, seeking to continue his hot streak, against struggling Jays lefty Jo-Jo Reyes.

RHP Brandon Gomes will be a new face in the bullpen, having been called up to take the place of LHP Jake McGee as the Rays seek to stabilize their middle relief corps.

The Rays have to make a roster move to make room for Longoria, with INF Felipe Lopez expected to go.


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