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For starters, Rays vs. Mariners

The Rays return home after another successful road trip to face the Mariners, with RHP Wade Davis starting on the mound.


Some pre-game tid-bits

*LHP J.P. Howell (left) took another step in his recovery from a left shoulder strain, throwing live batting practice for the first time (25 pitches to Sean Rodriguez, Reid Brignac and Rocco Baldelli). Manager Joe Maddon said Howell looked pretty good, and though he wasn't throwing full throttle, he had some good movement on his pitches. Late May to early June is still the target return date.

*OF Matt Joyce (elbow strain) was really encouraged after a full workout Friday at the Trop, saying he's "ready to rock." He said he'll report to Port Charlotte this weekend and start his rehab assignment next week, with plans to DH Tuesday, and work his way back into playing outfield.

The Rays lineup:
Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Upton cf
Burrell dh
Jaso c
Brignac 2b
Davis p

[Last modified: Sunday, June 13, 2010 12:15am]


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