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Update 5:44 p.m. RHP Alex Cobb said he threw a 50 pitch simulated game in Port Charlotte today and it all went well. The blister on his right index finger is healing, and he expects to make the first of two rehab starts Saturday for Class A Charlotte.


*Rays manager Joe Maddon said they're not yet ready to announce their plans for the rotation after the Diamondbacks series - whether it's a four-man rotation or not - but could deliver that news on Wednesday.

*RHP Brandon Gomes (lat strain) said he was happy with how all his rehab outings went with Charlotte, and is ready to come back, he's just waiting for word from the Rays. The Rays acquired RHP Jesse Crain from the White Sox yesterday, and he's expected to arrive in St. Pete Wednesday and continue his rehab of a shoulder injury. Maddon said he's confident, with the Rays medical staff, they can get him ready to make an impact this season.

*The deadline for non-waiver trades is Wednesday at 4 p.m., and it's unclear whether the Rays are close to any more moves (considering they already acquired some bullpen help in Crain).

*There was still plenty of talk about Monday's emotional and controversial 2-1 win over the Red Sox. OF Sam Fuld said while he's thrown people out before, it was probably one of the biggest throws of his career. Fuld joked he lost a lot of fans in his native New Hampshire, and is probably the most hated guy there other than umpire Jerry Meals.

Maddon praised both Fuld's positioning and throw, as well as the job C Jose Molina did catching the ball and blocking the plate.

Update 5:25 p.m. The Rays lineup includes Ben Zobrist in the No. 2 spot.

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

Parra rf
Hill 2b
Goldschmidt 1b
Chavez dh
Prado 3b
Kubel lf
Nieves c
Eaton cf
Pennington ss
Kennedy rhp

Developing: The Rays have - finally - returned home for the first time in 16 days, coming off a successful and dramatic road trip through Toronto, Boston and New York where they went 8-2 and moved into first place in the American League East.

Tampa Bay arrived in the early hours this morning from their emotional, 2-1 win over the Red Sox, a makeup game that included a controversial call at home plate on Sam Fuld's eighth-inning throw.

The Rays (63-43) are tied with Oakland for the best record in the league, having won 10 of their last 12 and 25 out of 31. They begin a five-game interleague homestand tonight with the Diamondbacks.

RHP Roberto Hernandez will get the start on the mound, admidst speculation he could be the odd man out when and if the Rays go to a four-man rotation next month. The Diamondbacks will start RHP Ian Kennedy.

Lineups, and more, to come.



[Last modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:55pm]


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