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For starters, Rays at Cardinals, seeking another sweep

Rays manager Joe Maddon is sticking with his plan of having the pitcher bat eighth, sliding Alex Cobb into that spot and RF Kevin Kiermaier into the ninth position.

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Rays manager Joe Maddon is sticking with his plan of having the pitcher bat eighth, sliding Alex Cobb into that spot and RF Kevin Kiermaier into the ninth position.

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UPDATE, 6:11: Maddon said RHP Jeremy Hellickson will rejoin the rotation on Saturday, with RHP Chris Archer making his next start on Sunday. ... The Rays will have to make a roster move to accomodate Hellickson's return, with LHP Erik Bedard seemingly most likely to go. ... With a win tonight the Rays would have their first undefeated multi-city road trip in team history.

Cardinals lineup:
Carpenter 3b
Wong 2b
Holliday lf
Adams 1b
Peralta ss
Taveras rf
Jay cf
Cruz c
Lynn p

UPDATE, 3:46: The Rays were shutout in MLB's Competitive Balance Lottery, which is designed to help smaller-market/lower revenue teams by giving them extra draft picks. The Cardinals, Rockies and Orioles were among the teams that did get extra picks for 2015.

UPDATE, 3:19: Rays manager Joe Maddon is sticking with his plan of having the hitter bat eighth, sliding Alex Cobb into the 8th spot and RF Kevin Kiermaier 9th. Since the start of interleague play in 1997 there have been six pitchers hit higher than ninth in an AL lineup (by design) and four have been Rays. (Maddon also had Andy Sonnanstine hit third due to a lineup card mixup in 2009.)

Here is the Rays lineup:
Jennings cf,
Zobrist 2b,
Joyce lf,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Escobar ss,
Molina c,
Cobb p,
Kiermaier rf


DEVELOPING:
The Rays are looking to close out a two-game sweep of the Cardinals and complete a 5-0 roadtrip tonight when they take on the Cardinals at 7:15.

RHP Alex Cobb, seeking to settle into his past form on a consistent basis after an injury disrupted first half, will be on the mound for the Rays. The Cardinals are starting RHP Lance Lynn.

The Rays won 7-2 on Tuesday, rallying for five runs in the fifth to chase Cardinals ace RHP Adam Wainwright as RHP Jake Odorizzi turned in an impressive performance.

The game also featured the ejection of Rays manager Joe Maddon, who said he was yelling back at Wainwright - who had been yelling at him - but was instead tossed by home plate by Mark Ripperger.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:16pm]

    

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