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For starters: Rays at Jays, with Cobb pitching

Alex Cobb, who has been the Rays' second best starter, will be on the mound against Toronto reclamation project Ramon Ortiz.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Alex Cobb, who has been the Rays' second best starter, will be on the mound against Toronto reclamation project Ramon Ortiz.

UPDATE, 3:29: A couple of early notes: The Rays will keep their rotation in order through Thursday's off-day, so that means RHP Roberto Hernandez (the new one), LHP Matt Moore and RHP Jake Odorizzi will face the Yankees. ... RHP Roberto Hernandez (the first one) will represent the Rays at the June 6 draft; three other former Rays will be there - Fred McGriff for the Jays, Jim Mecir for the A's, Andy Cannizaro for the Yankees. ... The Rays ERA is 4.41, it's highest since June 2009. ... The Rays are the only AL team to be at .500 or above on this date the last six years.

DEVELOPING: After letting Monday's matinee get away, and the momentum from their three-game sweep of the Orioles in the process, the Rays will take on the Blue Jays again tonight.

RHP Alex Cobb, who has been their second best starter behind LHP Matt Moore, will be on the mound against Toronto reclamation project RHP Ramon Ortiz, a 39-year-old who last faced the Rays in 2007.

Rays 3B Evan Longoria comes into the game on a career-best 14-game hitting streak.

Two items of potential interest today:

* Rays manager Joe Maddon said he planned to talk to SS Yunel Escobar about his emotional reaction after hitting a home run against his former team on Monday, as he crossed home plate with a gesture that looked like an exaggerated safe sign. Maddon said, "I'm certain you're not going to see that again.'' Escobar, however, said he does that type of gesture regularly.

* Though Maddon didn't agree, the umpires did follow MLB guidelines on Sunday in their use of replay on the Matt Joyce ball that was ruled fair and thus a double, then changed a to home run. Maddon said replay could only be used to determine if it was a homer, not if it was foul and called it "baseball anarchy" for crew chief Gerry Davis to make up ruless as he went.

Lineups shortly.

 

 

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