For starters, Rays at Jays
Update 5:58 Rays manager Joe Maddon said it's possible C Ryan Hanigan lands on the disabled list, but they're going to see how he responds to treatment the next few days. Noting hamstring injuries are tricky and difficult on a catcher, Maddon said they want to be cautious, knowing how important Hanigan is in the long-term.
Maddon said rookie C Ali Solis, called up today, was brought here to play, so he could start Wednesday against the Jays. It would be his first MLB start.
As expected, Solis was excited to get the call, saying while he's struggled offensively at Durham (.198) his defense is his strong suit and he's ready to play.
*INF Ben Zobrist (dislocated left thumb) was sick today so he won't play tonight for Class-A Charlotte, but Maddon said he could still rejoin the team as scheduled Friday in Boston, as he can play Wednesday and Thursday for Port Charlotte. Zobrist did hit against velocity today, so he's gotten some work in.
*Maddon said the key is to get to Buehrle early, before he settles in, noting how well he works both sides of the plate and doesn't give in.
Update 5:34 p.m. The Rays put out an interesting lineup against tough Jays lefty Mark Buehrle. SS Yunel Escobar is at the top because he's hit lefties well, Maddon said, with Longoria sticking in the No. 2 spot and Jennings cleanup since he did so well there last night.
Maddon had to pick a lefty to start, and that is Joyce, at No. 9
UPDATE, 3:40: The Rays have called up catcher Ali Solis. Solis provides insurance at catcher with Ryan Hanigan dealing with a hamstring injury. Pitcher Matt Moore was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.
DEVELOPING: The Rays, who suffered a streak-snapping loss to the first-place Blue Jays Monday night, will try to bounce back tonight at the Rogers Centre.
There will be a premium pitching matchup, with Rays RHP Alex Cobb making his second start since coming off the DL, and the Jays countering with veteran LHP Mark Buehrle, who is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA this season. That includes throwing 8 2/3 shutout innings, with a career-high 11 strikeouts, against the Rays in the season-opening series.
"He's having a career year right now," manager Joe Maddon said. "And he's had a pretty good career."
The Rays are calling up a position player today, having optioned RHP Alex Colome to Triple-A last night after he saved the bullpen with four innings of relief. Still no official announcement from the team, but they could add C Ali Solis as insurance due to C Ryan Hanigan's hamstring, or bring up a hitter like Wilson Betemit, Jayson Nix or Vince Belnome.
Hanigan was pulled in the sixth inning Monday night as his hamstring was sore, though he hoped it wasn't serious, it did cost him to miss three games on the last West Coast trip.
The Rays bullpen should be fresh, with Colome shouldering the load last night. Expect 3B Evan Longoria to stay in the two-hole, where he's been getting in a groove over the weekend, and Sean Rodriguez to be back in the lineup.
The Jays have won seven straight, and 10 of 11.
Lineups, and more, to come.