For starters, Rays at White Sox, seeking nine
UPDATE, 6:59: Maddon said the change in LF had more to do with the matchup with Floyd tonight that Jennings' recent play - 0-for-13 on the road trip ... Molina is doing better, so much so that Maddon said he might be available to come in late tonight, though he probably won't be able to start for a few more days ... The White Sox named LHP Jose Quintana to start Sunday.
White Sox lineup:
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UPDATE, 5:27: Fuld said he was a bit surprised to be in the lineup, but felt good after returning to action Thursday as a pinch-hitter (drawing a walk) after being out 10 days with a hamstring strain. ... Lobaton said he is excited by the opportunity he is getting. .... C Jose Molina, out since Tuesday with a quad strain, was moving about the clubhouse better and was planning to hit today, a sign of progress in his hopes to return.
UPDATE, 4:47: Struggling LF Desmond Jennings is out of the Rays lineup, with Sam Fuld leading off and playing left. Also Lobaton is making a third straight start behind the plate.
The Rays are looking to extend their season-long winning streak to nine and continue their late-season push to get back into the playoffs when the face the White Sox tonight.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson, with about 40 friends and relatives from his native Iowa on hand, will start for the Rays, facing the White Sox for the first time in his career. The Sox are starting RHP Gavin Floyd.
The Rays have won eight straight to move within two games of the A's for the second wild-card and 3 of the wild-card leading Orioles, and took control of their own destiny in that if they win the rest of their games they can do no worse than be in a tiebreaker game. The Rays are tied with the Angels, as all the teams have six games to play.
According to coolstandings.com, which runs computer simulations of the rest of the season, the Rays have improved their chances of making the playoffs to 19.1 percent.
While the Rays are playing the White Sox, who have lost eight of nine to diminish their own playoff chances, the Orioles are hosting the Red Sox, the A's are hosting the Mariners and the Angels are at Texas.
Lineups when available.