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For starters, Rays vs. A's

Righty Alex Cobb will begin Tampa Bay's six-game homestand, having gone 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA over his last 13 starts.

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Righty Alex Cobb will begin Tampa Bay's six-game homestand, having gone 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA over his last 13 starts.

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Update 5:31 p.m. DH Luke Scott (right calf strain) was "very encouraged" after a good day running the bases, his last test before starting a rehab assignment. Scott said he's just waiting to be cleared by the training staff, and expects the rehab assignment to potentially be a short one.

*The team is holding a players-only meeting before the game. After a tough, three-city trip, having gone 2-7 to fall to 5-10, INF Sean Rodriguez said it may be a good thing to talk it all out as a group. Rodriguez said he feels guys aren't playing as "loose" as they usually do, and are pressing. Part of it has been some tough breaks, with Rodriguez quipping it's like a "vodoo" has been going against them.

Manager Joe Maddon said it's too early to be concerned, that the team's work and attitude has been good. If they were playing great and still losing, then Maddon would be more worried, but he believes the team hasn't even "scratched the surface" on how good they can be.

Update 5:21: The Rays lineup has a little different look, with Sean Rodriguez at first base against LHP Brett Anderson, and James Loney given the day off.

Ex-Ray C John Jaso is batting second for the A's, off to a strong start (.295)

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Johnson lf
Zobrist rf
LOngoria 3b
Duncan dh
Rodriguez 1b
Roberts 2b
Lobaton c
Escobar ss
Cobb rhp

A's lineup
Crisp cf
Jaso c
Smith dh
Lowrie ss
Moss 1b
Young lf
Reddick rf
Donaldson 3b
Sogard 2b
Anderson lhp

Developing: The Rays return home - finally - after a three-city, 11-day road trip to face the red-hot A's, who boast the American League's best record at 12-4.

RHP Alex Cobb will begin Tampa Bay's six-game homestand, having gone 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA over his last 13 starts.

The A's boast plenty familiar faces, including former Rays C John Jaso and RHP Grant Balfour, who has converted each of his last 21 saves.

With the Rays not arriving until around 3 a.m. this morning, they will not be doing batting practice today on the field before the game.

Lineups, and more, to come.



[Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:34pm]

    

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