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For starters, Rays at Orioles, twice in one day



UPDATE, 5:47: Here is the Orioles Game 2 lineup:

Markakis dh
Machado 3b
Jones cf
Cruz rf
Davis 1b
Hardy ss
Lough lf
Hundley c
Flaherty 2b
Tillman p

UPDATE, 5:06: Rays Guyer as playing with some inspiration, had invited to game a 12 year-old boy who lost a leg to cancer he'd met at a charity event, told him he's try to get a hit and presented him with a bat signed by the team. Also had the boy's family there.

With nine Ks today, Rays pitchers have 252 for the month, second most all-time in June behind the 1964 Indians.


UPDATE, 4:58: Escobar's shoulder remains tight and he won't be used in the field, though Maddon said he may be able to pinch-hit if needed. And Maddon said if he doesn't feel better by Saturday they may have to consider the DL.

For the second game, Jennings will be the DH.

Rays lineup:
Jennings dh
Kiermaier cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Guyer lf
Joyce rf
Hanigan c
Forsythe 2b
Odorizzi p

UPDATE, 12:15: T
his is the Rays 23rd doubleheader in history; they are 4-10-8 overall, sweeping a day-night DH in Boston earlier this season. ... This will be only the second time the Rays have started two rookie pitchers on the same day, also last year with Odorizzi and Chris Archer.

The Rays will reach the midpoint of the season after Game 1. With a win, they will be 33-48, their worst record at that point since being 33-48 in '07; if they lose at 32-49 it will be their worst since '05 (27-54).

UPDATE, 12:05: Maddon said Escobar's shoulder is still sore and he doesn't know yet if he will be available for the night game. But, Maddon said, it does not seem like he is headed to the DL either. .... Hanigan is expected to play in the night game, Maddon said he actually had Hanigan in the day game lineup but switched it because he wanted Molina to catch Colome.

In talking about his distaste for day-night doubleheaders, Maddon said he once participated in a tripleheader - albeit of 7 innings each - when playing for the semi-pro Boulder Collegians.

UPDATE, 10:26: Well, neither Escobar nor Hanigan are in the lineup for Game 1, though Maddon likely will say they were only going to play one each so he's saving them for the night game.

Otherwise, here is the lineup:
Jennings cf,
Kiermaier rf,
Zobrist ss,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Guyer lf,
Joyce dh,
S-Rod 2b,
Molina c,
Colome p

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

DEVELOPING: The Rays and Orioles will play twice today with a day-night doubleheader at picturesque but steamy Camden Yards.

The first game - to make up an April 15 rainout - is at 1:05, with RHP Alex Colome called up from Triple-A Durham as the "26th man" to start. Colome, suspended 50 games for a failed PED test, made one relief appearance for the Rays and then five starts at Triple-A Durham.

The Orioles also will make a call up and start RHP Kevin Gausman, who pitched impressively against the Rays last week at the Trop but then was sent down.

In the regularly scheduled night game, the Rays will start RHP Jake Odorizzi, coming off one of his best starts, against Orioles RHP Chris Tillman.

Two Rays who missed the last game with injuries are expected back in the lineup, SS Yunel Escobar and C Ryan Hanigan.


[Last modified: Friday, June 27, 2014 5:48pm]


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