For starters, Rays at Angels, end of the road

UPDATE, 2:47: Rays C Ryan Hanigan remains sidelined by soreness in his right hamstring but says is will not need to go on the DL. "Stamp it,' he said, in fact. But manager Joe Maddon did not sound as certain, saying that Hanigan's toughness can make it tougher to evaluate. As for today, Jose Molina is starting - as he would with David Price catching anyway - and the Rays will hope nothing happens to him, or that they don't need to pinch-run for him.

Maddon said he had not talked with Cesar Ramos yet, but did not seem too concerned about Ramos' frustration at being pulled in the second inning Saturday, saying, "he'll get over it.''

Though Maddon said they have not made a decision - or even talking in depth about it - it seems obvious that Ramos will be the pitcher dropped from the rotation assuming Alex Cobb is cleared to return on Thursday.

INF Cole Figueroa makes his first big-league start today.

Rays lineup:
DeJesus DH
Myers rf
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Escobar ss
Kiermaier cf
Figueroa 2b
Molina c
Price p

Angels lineup:
Cowgill rf
Trout cf
Pujols dh
Kendrick 2b
Cron 1b
Aybar ss
Ianetta c
Green lf
Jimenez 3b
Shoemaker p

DEVELOPING: The Rays today wrap up another eventful road trip and - despite a couple of ugly losses - can finish with a winning record, having gone 3-3 thus far.

And they feel good about their chances, with ace David Price on the mound against Angels rookie Matt Shoemaker.

Price is coming off an impressive complete game win in Seattle.

The Rays will be a bit shorthanded behind the plate, as Ryan Hanigan is limited by a sore hamstring leaving Jose Molina as the only healthy catcher. Sean Rodriguez and Wil Myers would be the emergecy backups.

Lineups when available.


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