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For starters, Rays vs. A's

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Updated 5:47 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon had a surprise for the Rays today, having a DJ set up and spin in the clubhouse before the game.

Maddon, calling it "Day Rave One," said it was an effort to give his players a boost and keep them loose and "chill out." The DJ was the Rays in-game performer, DJ Fresh. It seemed to work, as several Rays enjoyed the music, with a few singing a long.

"I think it's funny," CF Desmond Jennings said, smiling. "But it doesn't surprise me."

Said OF Matt Joyce: "It's awesome."

And get ready, Maddon said he'll have another pre-game surprise for tommorrow.

Updated 5:35 p.m. The Rays lineup has a lot of righties against A's RHP Jarrod Parker, whom manager Joe Maddon said is more of a neutral pitcher.

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Roberts 2b
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Joyce lf
Duncan dh
Loney 1b
Molina c
Escobar ss
Hellickson rhp

A's lineup
Crisp cf
Jaso dh
SMith lf
Lowrie ss
Moss 1b
Norris c
Reddick rf
Donaldson 3b
Sogard 2b
Parker rhp

Developing: The Rays are hoping to build some momentum off last night's 8-3 win over the A's, and will face the American League West leaders again tonight at Tropicana Field.

Though Tampa Bay (6-10) is off to a tough start, Evan Longoria and Jose Molina emphasized in a brief players-only meeting Friday afternoon that they just need to stay patient, and continue to work.

The Rays could use a good start from righthander Jeremy Hellickson, who is coming off a nine-strikeout performance in his last outing.

The eight runs Tampa Bay scored last night matched the season-high. With the A's throwing a righthander in Jarrod Parker, expect 1B James Loney to be back in the lineup.

A cool side story from the A's side, their bullpen coach, Darren Bush, is a former Dunedin High standout who is in his first season as a big-league coach after several successful seasons in the minors.

Lineups, and more, to come.



[Last modified: Saturday, April 20, 2013 5:51pm]

    

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