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Update 4:55 p.m. Rays manager Joe Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) and INF Jeff Keppinger (broken toe) could return as early as middle of next week, if all goes well on their rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. They should know more Tuesday.


*RHP Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow strain) said he felt good in his second rehab appearance Thursday, throwing 10 pitches for Class-A Charlotte, incoporating a couple cutters. He said he'll pitch again Monday, with plans of returning during the final homestand of the month (June 28-July 4).

*Maddon said RHP Brandon Gomes was recalled because the Rays needed another arm in the bullpen, considering their starters struggles to go deep into the game during the Mets series. Maddon said they could look at bringing in another hitter instead for next week's interleague trip to Washington and Philly.

Gomes was excited to be back, saying he made some minor tweaks that enabled him to be more effective and throw strikes, and it showed in his performance in Durham. Gomes said he feels like he's back to where he was at the end of last year.

*Maddon agreed with MLB's decision to uphold the original scoring of CF B.J. Upton's single in Wednesday's game against the Mets. The Mets had appealed, considering R.A. Dickey had thrown a complete-game one-hitter, and Maddon said they would have probably done the same thing.

*Hideki Matsui has been taking ground balls at first base, but Maddon said there are no days off planned for Carlos Pena. Maddon just wants to prepare in case they make moves late in a game, pinch-hitting wise, especially heading into National League parks next week.

Developing: The Rays, coming off getting swept by the Mets in a disappointing series, will try to bounce back tonight in opening a series with the Marlins.

Tampa Bay had swept Miami last week on the road, and will send LHP Matt Moore to the mound. He's won back-to-back starts for the first time in his career.

RHP Brandon Gomes has been recalled from Triple-A Durham to take the spot of DH Luke Scott, who was placed on the DL Thursday with back spasms.

In other news, MLB has upheld the original call made by the official scorer in Wednesday's Rays-Mets game, that CF B.J. Upton is credited with a hit. So there will be no no-hitter for Mets RHP R.A. Dickey. The Mets had appealed to MLB, asking to see if the play would be ruled an error.

[Last modified: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:39am]


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