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UPDATE, 5:47 Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said that Coghlan "took it hard" that he was going to get sent down to Triple-A, but that the East Lake High product needed to sort out his swing, and get his confidence back a little bit.


Rodriguez said Coghlan will be a big part of their future, but watching him in the batters box this season, he hasn't been himself.

*Ex-Tampa Bay LHP Randy Choate said it was a little weird being back at Tropicana Field for the first time since signing with the Marlins in the offseason, but he'll always have a soft spot for the Rays. "They were like a family to me the last two years," he said.

*Rays manager Joe Maddon said the rotation is set for the Brewers series, with RHP Jeff Niemann ready to go Monday, followed by Hellickson and Price.

*Bullpen coach Bobby Ramos was back in the house, having missed four games while battling bronchitis. He said he was a little nervous at first, not knowing what was causing him to be so lethargic, but after going to an ear, nose and throat specialist, they found out the diagnosis, got him on medication and he's ready to return to his role. "I was down for the count for a while," Ramos said. "I'm feeling a lot better."  

UPDATE, 4:12: Marlins sent down East Lake High's Chris Coghlan, former Rookie of the Year.

UPDATE, 3:53: Rays lineup leaning right vs. Marlins lefty starter Mr. Hand:
Damon dh
Zobrist rf
Ruggiano lf
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
Kotchman 1b
Johnson ss
Shoppach c
Davis p

 The Rays, coming off a tough series with the Red Sox in which they lost two of three, will open a three-game set against the struggling Marlins tonight at Tropicana Field.

The Marlins are a mess, having lost seven straight, 15 of 16, with there already being questions about first-year manager Edwin Rodriguez's job security.

There will be a familiar face, with ex-Ray LHP Randy Choate in the Marlins bullpen. However, OF Chris Coghlan, an East Lake High product, has been optioned to Triple-A, taking away from what could have been another memorable homecoming of sorts.

Rays RHP Wade Davis will be on the mound, facing Florida for the first time, hoping to build off his last outing, when he allowed four runs over six innings. He's 2-3 witha 6.81 ERA over his last seven starts, though manager Joe Maddon has seen some progress being made. The Marlins will be starting rookie LH Brad Hand, who will be making his third big-league start.


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