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For starters, Rays vs. Marlins



Update 5:32 p.m. OF Sam Fuld (wrist surgery) has taken swings off a tee the last two days, saying he's feeling good, and ahead of schedule, with the possibility he could start a rehab assignment in early July.


INF Jeff Keppinger (broken right toe) began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham Friday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI groundout as the designated hitter. He'll be off tonight, and play again Sunday. 3B Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) is scheduled to play tonight for the Bulls.

*Manager Joe Maddon praised how RHP Brandon Gomes looked in his first appearance back from the Bulls Friday, striking out three in a scoreless ninth against the Marlins.

*Maddon said a key to Zobrist's hot streak is his ability to use his hands in his swing, he's not rolling over on balls and he's not being so tentative - "in maybe mode" like before.

Update 5:30 p.m. Here's the Rays lineup

Rays lineup
Jennings lf
Joyce rf
Upton cf
Matsui dh
Zobrist 2b
Pena 1b
Johnson ss
Molina c
Rodriguez 3b

Reyes ss
Ramirez 3b
Stanton rf
Morrison dh
Infante 2b
Dobbs lf
Sanchez 1b
Cousins cf
Buck c
Sanchez rhp

Developing: The Rays, coming off an impressive, 11-0 win over the Marlins Friday, will try to start a streak tonight with another matchup with Miami.

RHP James Shields, who had a strong performance Sunday against the Marlins, will be on the mound, with Miami starting RHP Anibal Sanchez.

Tampa Bay's 11 runs were its third highest total of the season (they scored 13 last Saturday), and the Rays have a few hot hitters on pretty good streaks. That includes Ben Zobrist, who has matched a career-high with five consecutive multi-hit games.

Lineups and more to come...

[Last modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 12:39am]


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