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For starters, Rays vs. Rangers, seeking the series



UPDATE, 12:27: Jennings said his back is feeling better and he expects to play Tuesday in Baltimore. ... With Jennings out, Maddon chose Francisco for left over Fuld. ... RHP Burke Badenhop, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 2 in Toronto, said he is fine. ... RHP Chris Archer on Saturday became the just the second pitcher in the last 25 years to rack up at least 25 strikeouts in his first three big-league starts, per Elias, joining Washington's Stephen Strasburg. The last to do so on in the AL was Al Leiter for the Yankees in 1987. ... 1B Carlos Pena is one strikeout shy of tying his team record of 166 for a season, set in 2008. He is third in the majors at 165. ....

Here is the Rangers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
Andrus ss
Hamilton cf
Beltre 3b
Cruz rf
Young dh
Murphy lf
Soto c
Moreland 1b
Oswalt rhp

UPDATE, 11:10: Jennings is out of the Rays lineup for a second straight day, with lower back stiffness. Longoria is at DH, and Scott isn't playing.

The lineup:
Upton cf
Keppinger 3b
Zobrist ss
Longoria dh
Francisco lf
Joyce rf
Roberts 2b
Pena 1b
Molina c
Shields p

BREAKING: After splitting a pair of extra-inning games, the Rays and Rangers play the third and decisive game of their series this afternoon - under the roof - at Tropicana Field.


James Shields will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking to continue his roll and pick up his 14th win. The Rangers are starting veteran Roy Oswalt, having bumped back original starter Matt Harrison a couple days.

Evan Longoria may be the DH today, though with a righthander starting the Rays would probably rather have Longoria at third and Luke Scott at DH.

The Rays are off on Monday, then open what could be a defining week in their season as they play three-game series at the Orioles and then at the Yankees, the two teams they are chasing in the AL East.


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:39am]


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