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For starters: Rays at Jays, with Motter getting 1st start

Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays.


Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 5:49: Cash said he deserves the blame for Sunday's loss, but also that he would stick with his two key decisions, to bring in RHP Steve Geltz in the 9th and, with a base open, to not walk red-hot Danny Valencia. ... Geltz's rough week has gotten worse, as he was stricken Sunday night with an allergic reaction that let his right eye puffy and swollen. There was enough improvement overnight that Geltz is available to pitch. ... Motter can play pretty much anywhere but since he has gotten most of his time at Durham this season at SS, Cash said it made sense to put him there since that's where he would be the most comfortable. .... Motter said he hasn't played in a dome or on turf before, and would take extra ground balls to get comfortable.

Jays lineup:
Pillar cf
Donaldson 3b
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Smoak 1b
Tulowitzki ss
Saunders lf
Martin c
Barney 2b
Happ p

DEVELOPING: With both teams coming off eventual Sunday games, the Rays kick off an eight-game, three-city roadtrip tonight in Toronto against the Blue Jays at 7:07.

INF Taylor Motter, called up Sunday, will be in the lineup for the Rays, making his major-league debut hitting second and playing shortstop.

LHP Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays, LHP J.A. Happ, who has been pitching extremely well, for the Blue Jays.

The Rays are coming off a tough loss against the A's, in which RHP Steve Geltz gave up a two-run homer in the ninth. The Jays were involved in a wild brawl in Texas against the Rangers that started after RF Jose Bautista was firsyt hit by a pitch  - by former Rays minor-leaguer Matt Bush - and then slid hard into second. Several Jays were ejected and there could be suspensions announced this week.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Guyer dh,
Motter ss,
Longoria 3b,
Pearce 1b,
Souza rf,
Jennings lf,
Casali c,
Kiermaier cf,
Beckham 2b,
Smyly p



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