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For starters, Rays at Astros

Update 5:30 p.m. Rays 3B Evan Longoria said his right foot is feeling a lot better, and hopes to play in the next couple days.

Longoria, who has missed the last two games due to a painful plantar fasciitis issue, said executive VP Andrew Friedman is "pretty confident" he won't have to go on the disabled list, and he hopes that's the case.

Longoria tested the foot during early infield work and said it didn't bother him very much, but said the key will be how he does running, which he expects to do later this afternoon.

Update 5:28 p.m. The Rays lineup does not include Evan Longoria, but Wil Myers has moved up to the three-spot in the order and will be DH. 

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Rodriguez lf
Myers DH
Zobrist 2b
Escobar ss
loney 1b
Roberts 3b
lobaton c
Fuld rf
Moore LHP

Developing: The Rays, having traveled in their own unique style on the "Accidental Preppie" road trip, will open a four-game series against the Astros tonight at Minute Maid Park.

Tampa Bay will play the final 14 games before the All-Star break against some of the American League's worst teams, including Houston (30-52), which is in last place in its first year in the AL West.

Looks like 3B Evan Longoria is testing his right foot (plantar fasciitis) with some early pre-game infield work with Tom Foley. Manager Joe Maddon seemed encouraged Longoria, who has missed the last two games, will be able to avoid a DL-stint, and they could be testing to see if he can return to the lineup tonight.

LHP Matt Moore will start on the mound for the Rays, coming off an odd start in which he tied a career high in strikeouts (11) and walks (six) in just six innings.

Ex-Ray 1B Carlos Pena will not play tonight, as he's back in the Dominican Republic due to the death of his nephew. Pena is expected to be back for Tuesday's game.

Lineups, and more, to come.

 



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