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For starters, Rays vs. Jays, and Myers home debut

Manager Joe Maddon said it's possible Wil Myers plays all three games this series.


Manager Joe Maddon said it's possible Wil Myers plays all three games this series.



Update 5:01 p.m. The biggest news today, of course, is that RHP Alex Cobb said he's fortunate and lucky to be "okay" after getting struck in the head by a line drive June 15.


Cobb, speaking to the media for the first time, said he's experienced symptoms from the mild concussion he suffered, from headaches to nausea to vertigo, but today was by far the best he's felt. There will likely be a long road to recovery, but Cobb appeared adamant he'd return this season. He was excited to see his teammates, and was holding court in the clubhouse before the game with several other pitchers.

*Wil Myers is excited to make his home debut tonight, but said he's not as nervous as he was for his big-league debut because he's already spent a week in the majors.

Myers was out on the field five hours before first pitch, working with outfielders coach George Hendrick on fly balls in right, getting used to the catwalks. Myers said it was difficult at first, but he's got a good feel for it. It's been a whirlwind first week for Myers, 22, who said he's got to find a place to live, and get his car down here - currently he's staying at a hotel and cabbing to the stadium.

Manager Joe Maddon said it's possible Myers plays all three games this series. He said what's impressed him the most about the rookie is the calmness with which he plays, never feeling overwhelmed by the moment.

*Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria's plantar fasciitis is getting better, but it's possible they'll DH him during this series to keep him off his feet.

*LHP David Price, out since mid-May with a left triceps strain, was encouraged how he felt in the days following his first rehab start Friday in Bradenton, saying he didn't have any soreness. Price will pitch Wednesday in Port Charlotte, and said if all goes well, he could be ready for the next step, returning to the majors.

Update 4:55 p.m. The Rays lineup includes Evan Longoria at third base, and Desmond Jennings getting a day off.

Wil Myers will make his home debut, starting in right and batting sixth.

Rays lineup
Joyce lf
Zobrist 2b
Scott dh
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Fuld cf
Lobaton c
Escobar ss
Hellickson rhp

Jays lineup
Cabrera lf
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Lind 1b
Rasmus cf
Arencibia c
Izturis 3b
Bonifacio 2b
Kawasaki ss


Developing: It should be an eventful day here at Tropicana Field, where the Rays will open a six-game homestand against the sizzling Blue Jays.

Touted OF prospect Wil Myers will make his home debut, and was already out on the field five hours before first pitch getting a lay of the land, including taking fly balls in right to get used to the catwalks.

RHP Alex Cobb will speak to the media before the game for the first time since getting hit in the head with a line drive at the Trop June 15. Cobb is on the 7-day concussion disabled list with a concussion, and has been rehabbing, but there's no timetable on his return.

The Rays finished their tough road trip through Boston and New York 3-4, but are in last place in the American League East, staring up at the Jays, who have won 11 straight.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson will start for the Rays tonight.

Lineups, and more, to come.


[Last modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 5:31pm]


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