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For starters, Rays at Cubs in Wrigley Field

The view from the Wrigley Field press box - notice the Cubbie cut into the outfield grass.

MARC TOPKIN / TAMPA BAY TIMES

The view from the Wrigley Field press box - notice the Cubbie cut into the outfield grass.

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UPDATE, 3:02: Rays manager Joe Maddon stuck with the idea of batting the pitcher eighth, preferring what he considers additional flexibility in the lineup and the opportunity to keep "double leadoff hitter" concept intact with Logan Forsythe 9th. ... No news today on the possibility of Chris Gimenez joining the Rays; his waiver period likely ends Saturday. ... Maddon  went as right-handed as he could in today's lineup, saying there wasn't much data on Wada to do otherwise. ... There is a large contingent of Rays fans here.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist rf
Guyer lf
Longoria 3b
Rodriguez 1b
Escobar ss
Casali c
Archer p
Forsythe 2b

Cubs lineup, with former East Lake star Chris Coghlan leading off:
Coghlan lf
Baez 2b
Rizzo 1b
Castro ss
Valbuena 3b
Alcantara cf
Sweeney rf
Baker c
Wada p

DEVELOPING: After beating the A's on Wednesday and enjoying a Thursday off-day in Chicago, the Rays are back on the field this afternoon as they open a three-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Only four of the currently active Rays have played at Wrigley - former Cubs Jeff Beliveau and Jose Molina, and NL veterans Yunel Escobar and James Loney - so most of the players are looking forward to their first experience in front of the ivy-covered walls.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, and he has some history with the Cubs, having been traded there from Cleveland, then two years later - after winning the Cubs minor-league pitcher of the year award, and getting his award at Wrigley - was traded to the Rays.

The Cubs are starting leftyTsuyoshi Wada, who was called up from Triple-A a few weeks ago.

Lineups when available.

 

 

[Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 3:08pm]

    

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