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For starters, Rays vs. Astros



Update 2:20 p.m. DH Luke Scott, riding an eight-game hitting streak, was moved down to sixth, with Sean Rodriguez getting a start in left against LHP Dallas Keuchel.


*RHP Alex Cobb will throw a live batting practice session Sunday at noon, another significant step in his recovery since getting struck in the head with a line drive June 15. Cobb said he went through another concussion test Saturday, and is feeling better, excited to get a chance to face hitters for the first time since the injury. Cobb said he'd likely have to throw a couple simulated games before starting a rehab assignment.

*The Rays have done a lot better job recently in throwing out attempted basestealers, with C Jose Molina getting another one Friday night. Maddon said he's seen improvement everywhere, but it all starts on the mound, where pitchers are being faster to the plate, and holding runners better.

*OF Sam Fuld admitted it would have been "interesting" to see if he could have scored in Friday's ninth inning, but said it would have been tough to come all the way around from first on Ben Zobrist's single. Third base coach Tom Foley held Fuld, the tying run, at third, and Evan Longoria struck out to end the game. Foley said it was a close call, and if the Astros had not got the ball in as quick, or if the ball was hit a few feet

*Astros DH Carlos Pena is in the lineup against his former team tonight, and will bat leadoff.

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Rodriguez lf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Myers rf
Scott dh
Loney 1b
Molina c
Escobar ss
Hernandez rhp

Astros lineup
Pena dh
Altuve 2b
Castro c
Martinez rf
Wallace 1b
Maxwell cf
Krauss lf
Dominguez 3b
Elmore ss
Keuchel lhp

Developing: The Rays, having snapped their season-high eight-game winning streak in last night's loss to the Astros, will try to start another one in an afternoon matchup with Houston at Tropicana Field.

They'd love to get the same kind of outing from their starting pitcher, RHP Roberto Hernandez, as LHP David Price did Friday night, throwing his second straight complete game - on just 87 pitches. Hernandez is 4-10 this season, but manager Joe Maddon said he's pitched much better than his record indicates, getting tough luck with run support.

The Rays have two more games left before the All-Star break, hoping to wrap up their 10-game homestand on a strong note.

Lineups and more to come.


[Last modified: Saturday, July 13, 2013 2:24pm]


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