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For starters, Rays at Orioles, trying to salvage something

Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays tonight, coming off his first professional complete game.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays tonight, coming off his first professional complete game.

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UPDATE, 6:01: OF Kevin Kiermaier is back in the Rays lineup after missing two games with a stiff neck and Evan Longoria is back at 3B after giving his sore right forearm a rest with two days at DH.

Otherwise, it was a quiet pre-game for the Rays, with no on-field activities aside from some pitchers playing catch.

Maddon said Longoria is not 100 percent but said he was good enough to play the field and they don't have any special handling planned.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist 2b
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers dh
Escobar ss
Hanigan c
Kiermaier rf
Smyly p

 

DEVELOPING: The Rays came into this four-game series with the Orioles with aspirations of sweeping their way back into the AL East race. Now after losing the first two games, and looking bad in doing so, they are hoping just to break even and not lose any more ground in the chase for the second AL wild-card.

LHP Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays tonight, coming off his first professional complete game, a 105-pitch two-hit masterpiece in which he faced only 28 batters. The Orioles are starting RHP Kevin Gausman, an impressive 23-year-old rookie who faced the Rays twice earlier this season.

The Rays are taking it easy today, manager Joe Maddon deciding to cancel batting practice and pushing back the standard bus and report times.

Rays lineup when available.

Orioles lineup:
Markakis rf
Pearce 1b
Jones cf
Cruz lf
Young dh
Hardy ss
Davis 3b
Joseph c
Schoop 2b
Gausman p

 

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