For starters: Rays at Rockies
UPDATE, 7:35: In needing to start one lefty hitter, Maddon said it was an easy choice based on Kelly Johnson's numbers vs. Francis, 7-for-15 with a homer. Fuld will be a defensive replacement. ... Maddon told Luke Scott to take ground balls at first base and fly balls in LF and said he won't hesitate to use him in the field on a double-switch.
UPDATE, 6:33: Technical difficutlties on our end, but here are the lineups:
ROCKIES, without Tulowitzki, who has leg tightness.
aving escaped the wintry conditions of Kansas City for warmer and sunnier Denver, the Rays are set to take on the Rockies in their first interleague action of the season.
Matt Moore will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking to extend his perfect record to 6-0 through six starts. If he does so, he will be only the fifth AL pitcher to do so since 2008, including Boston's Clay Buchholz this season.
The Rockies are starting veteran LHP Jeff Francis. The Rays are 2-7 overall at Coors Field, where balls tend to fly and the outfield is expansive.
The Rays are seeking to extend their team-record streak of games with homers to 17.
The Rays will see a familiar face in INF Reid Brignac, whom they traded to the Rockies at the start of spring training after designating him for assignment.