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For starters: Rays at D'backs, with no Longoria

The Rays' Matt Moore, left, will face the Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke, right.

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The Rays' Matt Moore, left, will face the Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke, right.

UPDATE, 8:24: The D'backs are hitting Greinke eighth tonight, for what that's worth.

D'backs lineup:
Segura 2b
Borun cf
Goldschmidt 1b
Castillo c
Drury rf
Lamb 3b
Tomas lf
Greinke p
Ahmed ss

UPDATE, 7:36: Longoria said he needed the day off due to "total body soreness" and wanted to be smart about it.

Longoria said it was compilation of things, fouling a ball off his shin over the weekend, taking a grounder off a knee Monday.

Longoria said he knows it looks odd with Rays being off Thursday, and with Greinke pitching tonight, but he has to "be smart" and "listen" to his body.

Also, he said he didn't want to be off during this series since he has family with him and others here watching.

Cash said Andriese is available to help in the short-handed bullpen tonight, and whether, and how much, he is used will dictate their weekend pitching plans.

UPDATE, 6:09: The Rays lineup has some unexpected absences, as 3B Evan Longoria, during a torrid streak, is not starting, nor is RF Steven Souza Jr.

No word yet on why Longoria is not in the lineup for the first time this season.

Here is the full lineup:

#Rays lineup:
Motter 3b,
Miller ss,
Jennings cf,
Morrison 1b,
Mahtook rf,
Dickerson lf,
Beckham 2b,
Conger c,
Moore p

DEVELOPING: After a long, interesting and eventful victory over the D'backs on Monday, the Rays are looking to run their overall winning streak to five tonight.

But they have Arizona ace Zack Greinke in their way.

After unexpectedly signing with the D'backs, for a whopping 6-year, $206.5-million deal, Grienke has rebounded from a slow start to go 7-1, 3.46 in his last 10 starts, and 4-0, 2.57 in his last four. OIf some consolation, he has not pitched particularly well against the Rays, 3-6, 3.42 in 15 games (12 starts).

The Rays are starting LHP Matt Moore, who will hand a handful of friends and reltatives on hand after making a seven-hour drive from their New Mexico home.

With their bullpen shorthanded - as closer Alex Colome is definitely out after working in four straight games - the Rays are shifting RHP Matt Andriese, who was in line to start Friday, to a relief role, at least for tonight.

Lineups when available.

vs. Rays.


[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:25pm]


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