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For starters: Rays at Jays, with Miller at 1B

The big news for the Rays tonight is the launch of the move of Brad Miller from shortstop to first base.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

The big news for the Rays tonight is the launch of the move of Brad Miller from shortstop to first base.

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Update, 5:40: Miller said he doesn't think it will be a big adjustment to play first and that it will be "fun" to be out there. Cash said they were waiting for Miller to say he was comfortable, and he felt he was after two sessions working with infield coach Tom Foley. Cash and Foley said there are certain nuances to playing first that Miller will have to experience to fully grasp. …

RHP Alex Cobb moves up to Triple-A Durham to finish his rehab from Tommy John surgery, starting next on Wednesday with the potential for only two more before rejoining the Rays. … RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) starts Thursday for Double-A Montgomery and may make just 1 more start. Cash said they will have to make some adjustments to the rotation to get innings for everyone, and that Cobb will be a priority. … Caught up for a bit with former Rays CF B.J. Upton, who is still settling in with the Jays after being acquired from San Diego. Upton is playing for the first time against the Rays, and figures to get a lot of action with Jays CF Kevin Pillar on the DL due to a thumb injury.

Blue Jays lineup:
Travis 2b
Bautista rf
Donaldson 3b
Encarnacion 1b
Saunders dh
Tulowitzki ss
Ceciliani lf
Upton cf
Thole c
Dickey p

DEVELOPING: After losing two of the three to the AL-worst Twins, the Rays are in Toronto tonight to open a three-game series with the contending Jays.

The big news for the Rays tonight is the launch of the move of Brad Miller from shortstop to first base, a shift that was facilitated by last week's acquisition of Matt Duffy, who will take over at SS when he comes off the DL, likely on Friday. Tim Beckham is at short today.

The Rays have Jake Odorizzi on the mound tonight, with his 20⅔ inning scoreless streak, facing Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Miller 1b,
Mahtook RF,
Franklin lf,
Souza DH,
Beckham SS,
Wilson c,
Odorizzi p

 

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