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For starters, Rays vs. Rangers

UPDATE, 5:31: 1B Casey Kotchman's sprained right ankle has improved to the point where he could be available to pinch-hit tonight, Maddon said. ... The rotation is being shuffled to set up future matchups, and the immediate change is that Andy Sonnanstine, who appeared to be bumped from the rotation is instead going to start on Friday at Seattle. ... Maddon dropped Longoria back to the cleanup spot in part to see if three days leading off was enough to get him going, and to try Zobrist in the top spot and see if he has similar success.

UPDATE, 3:20: Longoria goes back to the cleanup spot and Joyce gets another start against a lefty.
Rays lineup:
Zobrist 2b,
Rodriguez ss,
Damon dh,
Longoria 3b,
Upton cf,
Lopez 1b,
Joyce rf,
Shoppach c,
Ruggiano lf,
Cobb p

DEVELOPING: he Rays look to bounce back from Monday's poor performance tonight with rookie RHP Alex Cobb on the mound for his second big-league start.

The Rangers will have LHP C.J. Wilson going, and the Rays lineup should again be an interesting assemblage by manager Joe Maddon.

1B Casey Kotchman's status is still in question after he sprained his right ankle on Sunday and didn't play Monday.

Here is the Rangers lineup, which doesn't include SS Elvis Andrus:
Kinsler dh
Blanco ss
Hamilton lf
Young 2b
Beltre 3b
Cruz rf
Moreland 1b
Napoli c
Chavez cf
Wilson p


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