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For starters: Rays at A's, with Cobb pitching



UPDATE, 8:09: Maddon said they will be able to announce Sunday's starter after tonight's game indicating the assignment depends on which relievers are used tonight. They also are close to deciding whether Matt Moore will pitch Tuesday or Wednesday, which will set up the rest of the rotation. ... Maddon said he dropped Jennings down because he has been struggling, hitting .114 since his return from the DL, but also because Escobar has been working good at-bats. Maddon said he doesn't think the broken finger that sidelined Jennings for two weeks is the cause of his struggles.

A's lineup, including ex-Ray Vogt behind the plate:
Crisp cf
Donaldson 3b
Lowrie ss
Moss rf
Cespedes lf
Smith dh
Barton 1b
Sogard 2b
Vogt c
Gray p

UPDATE, 5:29: Myers is back in the Rays lineup, but hitting sixth. The lineup has a different look overall, with Escobar moved up to second. Here it is:
DeJesus lf
Escobar ss
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Joyce dh
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Lobaton c
Jennings cf
Cobb p

DEVELOPING: Having lost for the fifth time in their last six games, the Rays are looking to get back on track tonight with RHP Alex Cobb on the mound.

The game is not being shown on TV by Sun Sports.

A lack of offense has once again been the Rays problem, as they have scored only 15 runs in the six games.

Cobb will be opposed by rookie Sonny Gray, a product of Vanderbilt like Rays ace David Price.

Three new faces are expected in the Rays clubhouse today, as DH Delmon Young, C Chris Gimenez and RHP Josh Lueke will be on the taxi squad today in preparation for being added to the roster Sunday. DH Luke Scott will also be here to be evaluated to see if he is ready to be reinstated from the DL, sidelined the last two weeks due to back spasms.

Rays rookie OF Wil Myers, hitless in his last 19 at-bats, is expected to be back in the lineup tonight after sitting out Friday's game.

Friday's loss dropped the Rays behind the A's and into the second wild-card spot. The Rays need to win one of the two remaining games here to clinch the season series and prevail in any tiebreakers.

Friday's loss also meant the Rays had their first losing August since 2006, Joe Maddon's first season as manager.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 8:13pm]


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