For starters, Rays at A's
UPDATE, 9:30: Noting all the former Tampa Bay players on the other side, Maddon suggested they be called the Oakland R-A's. ... A reminder, there is no Rays TV tonight. ... Maddon said the bullpen should be good despite heavy use over the weekend, with the possible exception of LHP Jeff Beliveau. ... He had Jose Molina catch tonight and plans to use him again Wednesday but will start mixing in Curt Casali more with fewer off-days.
UPDATE, 7:39: Three of the former Rays are in the A's lineup tonight:
UPDATE, 7:33: Made the tour of former Rays in the A's clubhouse, saw and talked to all but Hammel. Quite the group.
UPDATE, 6:19: The Rays have released LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo. They are on release waivers, expected to clear Tues then free to sign elsewhere
DEVELOPING: Having shown off their formal attire, the Rays are in Oakland tonight to open a three-game series with the best-in-MLB A's.
Though the Rays lost three of their last four at home, they have won their last eight road games, tying their longest such streak in franchise history.
The A's have quite a few familiar faces, including six who played for the Rays - OFs Sam Fuld and Jonny Gomes, Ps Jason Hammel and Scott Kazmir, Cs John Jaso and Stephen Vogt - and a seventh who was briefly in the organization, Jesse Chavez.
Actually, there are more players from the Rays 2008 Rays championship team on the A's (Gomes, Hammel, Jaso, Kazmir) than on the Rays (Grant Balfour, Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist).
RHP Alex Cobb starts tonight for the Rays, RHP Jeff Samardzija for the A's.
Lineups when available.