For starters, Rays vs. Orioles

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August

Update 5:32 p.m. RHP Jeff Niemann said he felt great after throwing a three-inning simulated game today, with the potential he could start a rehab assignment by the middle of next week.

Niemann threw 45 pitches to Rays hitters Sam Fuld, Will Rhymes and Sean Rodriguez, encouraged with how it went.

"(Pitching coach Jim) Hickey said he was fantastic," manager Joe Maddon said.

Niemann and Maddon estimated he could take four rehab starts before returning.

*Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) felt good after Thursday's game for Triple-A Durham, his fifth on his rehab assignment, calling it "encouraging." Maddon said it's possible Longoria could return next week.

*Maddon welcomed the return of INF Will Rhymes, who was recalled today, saying he could provide a versatile option off the bench, pinch-run, and get some spot starts at second base.

*Maddon was aware of ex-Ray DH Johnny Damon getting designated for assignment today by the Indians, but predicts some club willl pick him up.

*The Bark in the Park seating for Sunday's game has been sold out.

Update 5:30 p.m. Third baseman Ryan Roberts will make his first Rays start at Tropicana Field, with Zobrist moving into the cleanup spot.

Rays lineup
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Joyce rf
Zobrist 2b
Pena 1b
Keppinger dh
Roberts 3b
Lobaton c
Johnson ss
Moore lhp

Orioles lineup
Markakis rf
Hardy ss
Jones cf
Wieters c
Davis dh
Reynolds 1b
Ford lf
Quintanilla 2b
Andino 3b
Hunter rhp

Developing: The Rays have returned home, coming off a successful 6-3 west-coast road trip, and will face the Orioles at Tropicana Field.

The two teams met last week in Baltimore, and enter tonight each 1 1/2 games out of the wild-card spot.

INF Will Rhymes has been called up from Triple-A Durham, providing the Rays another versatile option off the bench. He takes the roster spot of RHP Josh Lueke, who was brought up Wednesday as insurance for the bullpen but then sent back down.

LHP Matt Moore will start for the Rays, with the resurgent rookie 6-2 with a 3.32 ERA in his last 10 starts.

RHP Jeff Niemann is getting ready to throw a simulated game this afternoon, which would appear to be the final step before starting a rehab assignment. He's targeting a late-August return. Rhymes, Sam Fuld and Sean Rodriguez are going to be the hitters for Niemann today.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

 

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