For starters: Rays at Marlins

The Rays will need a better performance than they have been getting from starter Roberto Hernandez, who has lasted a combined six innings over his last two starts.

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The Rays will need a better performance than they have been getting from starter Roberto Hernandez, who has lasted a combined six innings over his last two starts.

UPDATE, 6:15: Maddon said he has noticed Jennings not chasing as many bad pitches when hitting lower in the order which is why he is sticking with it for now. ... Maddon said Alex Colome indeed could be used tonight, especially if Roberto Hernandez struggles, and that he told Colome to be more concerned with getting outs than hitting 100 mph on the scoreboard. .

UPDATE, 4:23: The Rays lineup looks somewhat similar, though without DH Luke Scott of course under NL rules:

RAYS lineup:

Zobrist 2b
Joyce rf
Johnson lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Escobar ss
Molina c
Hernandez p

MARLINS lineup
Coghlan lf
Polanco 3b
Dietrich 2b
Ozuna rf
Ruggiano cf
Dobbs 1b
Hechevarria ss
Brantly c
Koehler p

DEVELOPING: The Rays will look to make it three straight over the Marlins, and four in a row overall, tonight as they open the second half of the home-and-home series.

But to do so, they will need a better performance than they have been getting from starter RHP Roberto Hernandez, who has lasted a combined six innings over his last two starts.

The Rays won the last two nights with CF Desmond Jennings in the 7th spot rather than leadoff, and he has been productive, including the 9th inning single that led to Tuesday's walkoff win.

Lineups shortly.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:16pm]

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