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For starters, Rays vs. Mariners, seeking sweep

UPDATE, 12:11: Upton said he feels better and is available off the bench if needed and expects to be back in the lineup on Friday; Zobrist is getting a scheduled day off. ... Rhymes is obviously much more comfortable at second, and showed it started a double play on Wednesday. ... Keppinger has made 85 starts (and 102 appearances) at third in his career, but none since 2009. ... Ex-Ray John Jaso makes his first start behind the plate today for Mariners.

Mariners lineup:
Figgins lf
Ackley 2b
Suzuki rf
Seager 3b
Jaso c
Carp dh
Smoak 1b
Saunders cf
Kawasaki ss
Millwood p

UPDATE, 11:35: Rays lineup, without Upton or Zobrist:
Jennings cf
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Scott dh
Allen lf
Rhymes 2b
Keppinger 3b
Gimenez c
S-Rod ss
Niemann p

BREAKING: The Rays are looking to extend their MLB-best matching 17-8 record and complete a four-game sweep of the Mariners in today's 1:10 matinee.

RHP Jeff Niemann, who has never lost to the Mariners in six previous starts, will be on the mound against Seattle veteran Kevin Millwood.

The Rays are likely to be without CF B.J. Upton, who left Wednesday's game after five innings with tightness in his right quad that manager Joe Maddon was only the result of cramping.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:40am]


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