For starters: Rays at Indians, wild-card style

The Rays will start Alex Cobb, who has been arguably their most consistent and successful pitcher since his mid-August return from the disabled list after being hit in the head by a line drive two months earlier.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

The Rays will start Alex Cobb, who has been arguably their most consistent and successful pitcher since his mid-August return from the disabled list after being hit in the head by a line drive two months earlier.

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UPDATE, 4:35: As expected, Delmon Young is the for the Rays tonight and Jose Molina is the catcher.

Rays lineup:
DeJesus lf
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Longoria 3b
Zobrist 2b
Jennings cf
Young dh
Escobar ss
Molina c
Cobb p

DEVELOPING: The Rays worked hard - and a day of overtime - to get to the playoffs, and tonight they play a one-game wild-card game against the Indians, for the right to go on.

The winner goes on to Boston to face the Red Sox starting Friday in a more traditional best-of-five Division Series. The loser goes home with the bad taste of having six-plus months of success flushed away in one night.

The Rays will start RHP Alex Cobb, who has been arguably their most consistent and successful pitcher since his mid-August return from the disabled list after being hit in the head by a line drive two months earlier.

The Indians are countering with a rookie, RHP Danny Salazar, a hard-throwing 23-year-old who will be pitching in just his 11th big-league game.

The Rays will try, as they did Sunday in Toronto and Monday in Texas, to force the action early, trying to keep Salazar from getting in any kind of groove.

The Indians have already posted their lineup, and it looks like this:

Bourn CF,
Swisher 1B,
Kipnis 2B,
Santana DH,
Brantley LF,
Raburn RF,
Cabrera SS,
Gomes C,
Chisenhall 3B.
Salazar P

Rays lineup when available.

 

 

 

 

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:37pm]

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