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For starters, Rays at Mariners, on David Price day

UPDATE, 8:20: Romero won't be activated Maddon said as several pitchers, including Thursday starter LHP Erik Bedard, had slight issues, but all checked out okay. Bedard, who seemed to be of the most concern, said he had a sore pec. Romero essentially got a round-trip flight out of the deal from what Maddon said.

As for the lineup, Maddon admitted it was a matter of trying to shake things up and perking up the players, with Myers at leadoff, Longoria 3rd and Zobrist 4th.

UPDATE, 6:22: Romero posted on Twitter that was on the way to Seattle and that he was "very happy to be blessed with another big-league opportunity." Should know more when clubhouse opens at 6:40, or when Maddon talks at 7:45.

Meanwhile, the Rays lineup has a different look, with Wil Myers in the leadoff slot and Ben Zobrist hitting cleanup:

Myers rf,
DeJesus dh,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist 2b,
Loney 1b,
Jennings cf,
Joyce lf,
Escobar ss,
Molina c,
Price p

UPDATE, 5:51: Triple-A Durham LHP Enny Romero, who was scratched from his Monday start, is on the way to Seattle, raising the questions if the Rays have some concerns about scheduled Wednesday starter RHP Jake Odorizzi.

The Mariners, for just the second time all season, have  the same lineup:

Jones cf
Romero rf
Cano 2b
Hart dh
Smoak 1b
Seager 3b
Ackley lf
Zunino c
Miller ss
Iwakuma p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are again turning to ace David Price to get them out of a losing skid as they take on the Mariners tonight at 10:10.

Price has been struggling a bit himself, and said he is hoping he and the team regain that winning feeling as he squares off with Hisashi Iwakuma.

Having lost six of their last seven games, the Rays (16-23)  reach the 40-game quarter pole of their season tonight assured of their worst record since Joe Maddon's 2006 debut season, when they were 16-24. It is also the first time they have been seven games under .500 after April in a season since the end of the 2007 season, their last as the Devil Rays.

The Rays do point out, however, that since the 1994 divisional realignment, there have been 21 teams to reach the postseason after having a losing record through 40 games, including four who reached the World Series (2012 Tigers, 2007 Rockies, 2005 Astros, 2003 Marlins).

The last to do so were the 2013 Dodgers, who were 17-23. Only two AL East teams have done so in that span, the 1995 Yankees (who were 16-24) and 2007 Yankees (18-22), and both won the wild-card. The team with the worst 40-game record to reach the postseason was the 2005 Astros, which was 15-25.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:23pm]


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