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For starters: Rays at O's, with Cobb pitching

The Rays plan to keep Alex Cobb to around 100-105 pitches tonight, which is more or less his normal workload anyway.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

The Rays plan to keep Alex Cobb to around 100-105 pitches tonight, which is more or less his normal workload anyway.

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UPDATE, 6:14: Rays Maddon said he moved Joyce up because he has been swinging better, and wanted to make sure he had some protection behind him, but also becaused he expects O's reliever Darren O'Day to be back in action if needed tonight and, given how tough O'Day is on righthanders liked the idea of a lefty, Joyce, between Longoria and Myers. ...Maddon said they are still working through options for the weekend rotation, but it seems likely they will at least push back Hernandez and start Archer, Price and Cobb vs. the Yankees.

UPDATE, 4:44: The Rays have Jose Molina behind the plate again and Matt Joyce hitting cleanup. ... LHP Matt Moore had another encouraging throwing session to test his left elbow, saying he feels there has been "very significant progress the last few days,'' and that he threw his changeup, on flat ground, with no discomfort for the first time since his last start on July 28. ... Evan Longoria said he was pleased to reach the 25-homer mark but is focusing more on team success than individual numbers.

Rays lineup:

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

Orioles lineup:

McLouth lf
Machado 3b
Davis 1b
Jones cf
Markakis rf
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Flaherty 2b
Roberts dh
Gonzalez p

DEVELOPING: Coming off Monday's tense 4-3 win, the Rays are looking to keep rolling tonight and will have RHP Alex Cobb on the mound.

Cobb made a good-but-not-great return to the rotation on Thursday, having been out two months since being hit in the head by a line drive. He said he felt like he went through three stages in the game - out of sync, in sync and then extremely tired in throwing 88 pitches.

The Rays plan to keep him to around 100-105 pitches tonight, which is more or less his nornal workload anyway.

The Orioles are starting RHP Miguel Gonzalez, who tends to give the Rays trouble.

Rays LHP Matt Moore was out on the field early today, throwing flat-ground pitches to David Price, with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, pitching coach Jim Hickey and bullpen coach Stan Boroski all watching.

Lineups when available.

 

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:16pm]

    

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