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Roberto Hernandez, who lost four of his first five starts for the Rays, will start against Toronto's J.A. Happ.

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Roberto Hernandez, who lost four of his first five starts for the Rays, will start against Toronto's J.A. Happ.

Update 5:57 p.m. As tough as Monday's loss was, manager Joe Maddon said he felt a good vibe in the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, believing they'll bounce back tonight.


"It wasn't the last day of the world," Evan Longoria said. "It's business as usual today."

Longoria admitted he hopes it won't be one of those games that, at the end of the season, they look back and say it cost them the playoffs.

*The Rays got a key cog back in Ben Zobrist, who returned after missing two days due to the death of his grandmother, Dorothy Cali. Zobrist said he watched the second half of Monday's loss at his parents' Peoria, Illinois home after the service, pointing out it was tough enough to see just from the living room much less the field. Zobrist said it was important time to be with his family, and everything went well.

*1B James Loney turned 29 today, and though he admits he hasn't necessarily had a memorable game on his birthday before, the day started off well with his wife making him breakfast in bed.

*Maddon said most of the bullpen should be available tonight, other than RHP Fernando Rodney, who threw 37 pitches last night.

Update 3:35 p.m.The Rays lineup includes Ben Zobrist, who returns after missing two games due to death of his grandmother. SS Yunel Escobar, who had a rough night Monday, is starting at short.

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

Developing: The Rays, coming off a deflating 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays in which they squandered a seven-run lead, will try to bounce back tonight against the Jays.

Manager Joe Maddon was curious to see if the loss would linger into today, saying the key will be the "bounce after the fall" as they continue their 10-game homestand.

Tampa Bay (14-17) will start RHP Roberto Hernandez, who lost four of the first five starts of his Rays tenure. The Jays will throw LHP J.A. Happ.

2B/RF Ben Zobrist is expected to be back, and in the lineup, after missing the last two games due to the death of his grandmother.

With RHP Fernando Rodney and RHP Joel Peralta's recent usage, it's unlikely they'll be available for tonight's game, but looks like RHP Brandon Gomes and LHP Cesar Ramos will.

Lineups, and more, to come..

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:07pm]


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