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For starters: Rays at Rockies, looking to make it two straight

The Rays are in Denver tonight to take on the Rockies at Coors Field.

MARC TOPKIN / TAMPA BAY TIMES

The Rays are in Denver tonight to take on the Rockies at Coors Field.

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UPDATE, 7:19: Cash said the Rays likely will activate INF/DH Steve Pearce (hamstring) on Tuesday.

UPDATE, 6:46:  Cash said they had no update yet on the next rehab start for RHP Alex Cobb, who threw a bullpen session on Sunday to work on mechanics rather than pitch in a minor-league game. ... RHPs Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) and Brad Boxberger (oblique) both made rehab appearances on Monday for the Stone Crabs. ... Cash said Kiermaier moved up to second in the order only because they were without SS Brad Miller (getting a day off) and the DH.

UPDATE, 5:49: Dickerson said it was good to be back at Coors Field anE, 6:44:d to see his ex-mates, and is ready whenever Cash wants to use him. ... Former Rays LHP Jake McGee, who was traded to the Rockies for Dickerson, said he would consider facing his ex-mates "a fun challenge.'' McGee, who went back to his Tampa home for the All-Star break, said he is looking forward to catching up with some of the Rays. McGee said his knee, which forced him to the DL earlier, is feeling better and he is pitching well. ... Other familiar faces in the Rockies clubhouse are ex-Rays 3B Vinny Castilla (who is a Rockies special assistant), RHP Chad Qualls (an ex-Ray) and INF/OF Ryan Raburn (a Tampa area product). ...

Here is the Rockies lineup:

Blackmon cf,
Lemahieu 2b,
Arenado 3b,
Gonzalez RF,
Story SS,
Raburn LF,
Reynolds 1b,
Hundley c,
Anderson p

 

UPDATE, 4:50: Dickerson is not in the Rays lineup, as they are facing a lefty. And, unusual recently, Tim Beckham is, playing SS.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Guyer lf,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Beckham ss,
Maile c,
Smyly p

DEVELOPING: After breaking their eight-game losing streak on Sunday, the Rays are looking to make it two straight tonight as they take on the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.

The game is the start of a three-city, nine-game, 10-day roadtrip that keeps the Rays away from home until the weekend leading up to the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

LHP Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays tonight, pitching with 11 days' rest in an attempt to get him extra rest and a break from his own struggles, as he is winless over his last nine starts.

LHP Tyler Anderson is starting for the Rockies.

The game marks a return to Coors Field for Rays DH/OF Corey Dickerson, who was acquired in a January trade for LHP Jake McGee. Dickerson has a .355 career average and 1.085 OPS at Coors.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 7:19pm]

    

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