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For starters, Rays vs. O's trying to stay alive



UPDATE, 6:01: Maddon remains confident the Rays can pull this off and said he is planning on flying to Oakland after Wednesday's game for a tiebreaker playoff. ... His one lineup decision was inserting Sam Fuld, who matches up well with Chen. ... Gimenez is playing again because it's a lefty starter. ... Maddon said he fully expects the Tuesday and Wednesday games to matter, but if they don't, he would talk to 3B Evan Longoria to see if he wants to play, and the same with C Jose Molina. The Rays would stick with Shields and Hellickson as their starters. ... Maddon said he has not thought about whether he would do anything special  with B.J. Upton, who is likely playing his last three games with the Rays.

Orioles lineup:
McLouth lf
Hardy ss
Davis rf
Jones cf
Wieters c
Thome dh
Reynolds 1b
Flaherty 2b
Machado 3b
Chen p

UPDATE, 4:13: Gimenez makes his 3rd straight start vs the LHP, Keppinger at 1B.

Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Zobrist ss,
Longoria 3b,
Keppinger 1b,
Francisco dh,
Fuld rf,
Roberts 2b,
Gimenez c,
Cobb p


The Rays are hoping to do their part to keep their slim postseason hopes alive by beating the Orioles tonight at the Trop.

With a "tragic" number of one, the Rays are eliminated as soon as they lose a game or when the A's, who play at home late tonight vs. Texas, win.

RHP Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Rays, vs. Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

The Rays have won 10 of their last 11, but it seems like it will be too little, too late.

Lineups when available.



[Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:39am]


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