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For starters: Rays at Tigers, seeking joy of six

Erik Bedard, coming off a strong outing at Baltimore, will be on the mound for the Rays against Detroit righty Max Scherzer.

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Erik Bedard, coming off a strong outing at Baltimore, will be on the mound for the Rays against Detroit righty Max Scherzer.

UPDATE, 6:06: Maddon said the Rays wanted another lefty bat, which is why Belnome was brought up. ... Belnome is quite excited about his debut as is his family, with mom and dad driving 7-plus hours from their Pennsylvania home to Detroit. Also, his fiancee drove from Durham to Cleveland to pick up her mom (and drop off their dog) and then head to Detroit. .. Maddon insisted the lineup just came together, and then he realized he had the Jenny numbers.

Victor Martinez is in the Tigers lineup, after feeling okay during BP as he had a strain in his back:

Jackson cf
Kinsler 2b
Cabrera 1b
V. Martinez dh
J. Martinez lf
Hunter rf
Castellanos 3b
Avila c
Suarez ss
Scherzer p

UPDATE, 4:57: There are two interesting notations about the Rays lineup tonight. One is that it includes three rookie position players  - DH Vince Belnome, 2B Cole Figueroa and RF Kevin Kiermaier - for the first time since Sept. 2011.

The other is that the structure of the lineup by the numerical designations for the positions (with 0 for the DH) is 8675309, which matches up from the lyrics from a novelty pop song by Tommy Tutone called Jenny. 

And that was the song blaring from manager Joe Maddon's office much of the afternoon.

The lineup:
Jennings, cf   8
Zobrist, ss     6
Joyce, lf         7
Longoria, 3b  5
Loney, 1b      3
Belnome, dh  0
Kiermaier, rf   9
Hanigan, c
Figueroa, 2b
Bedard, p

 

 

 

 

DEVELOPING: Having won a season-high five straight, the Rays take their road to Detroit tonight to open a four-day holiday weekend series at Comerica Park.

LH Erik Bedard, coming off a strong outing at Baltimore, will be on the mound for the Rays against Detroit RHP Max Scherzer.

In addiiton to winning in a row, the Rays have won seven of eight and 14 of 21, moving within single digits of the AL East leading Blue Jays.

The Rays made one roster move today, calling up INF Vince Belnome - who had a one-day stint earlier this season but didn't get in a game, and optioning LHP Jeff Beliveau.

Beliveau may not be gone for long however, as LHP Cesar Ramos is expected to leave the tean no later than Saturday night to return to St. Petersburg as his wife Melaine is set to deliver their first child. The MLB rule requiring players sent to the minors to stay for 10 days does not apply in case of paternity leave.

Lineups when available.

 

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:11pm]

    

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