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For starters: Rays at Rangers, to break a tie



UPDATE, 5:46: Somewhat surprisingly, Jennings is in the Rays lineup, as the have 8 righthanded hitters to combat Rangers LHP Martin Perez. And Nelson Cruz, fresh off his suspension, is in the Rangers lineup.

Jennings cf
Myers rf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Young dh
Rodriguez lf
Loney 1b
Escobar ss
Molina c
Price p

Rangers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
Andrus ss
Rios rf
Beltre 3b
Pierzynski c
Cruz dh
Moreland 1b
Gentry lf
Martin cf
Perez p

UPDATE, 4:22: CF Desmond Jennings went through a workout in CF to test his left hamstring this afternoon, with several team officials, from executive VP Andrew Friedman on down looking on. It was the first time Jennings tested his hamstring, strained Sept. 22, in the field; he had been limited to running lightly.

DEVELOPING: The Rays' chances to make the postseason come down to one game tonight in Texas against the Rangers.

The winner gets to advance to Wednesday's wild-card game in Cleveland, another win-or-go-home affair.

But to get there, and make the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons, the Rays have to beat the Rangers, after both teams finished 91-71, a game behind the Indians for the second wild card.

The Rays are starting lefty ace David Price, who has struggled against the Rangers, in Arlington, and in the postseason. Price is 1-7, 6.62 in 11 starts - regular- and post-season - against the Rangers, and is aware of the challenges they present.

The Rangers are starting rookie LHP Martin Perez, who joined the rotation for good in late June and has won 10 games. The Rays have seen him only once, in a September 2012 relief appearance.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 5:49pm]


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