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For starters: Rays vs. Jays

UPDATE, 6:20: Rays 5.19 bullpen ERA is highest in AL despite throwing 2nd fewest innings. Was AL best 2.88 in 2012; 3.48 2008-12 ... Rays 13 losses in which they gave up a lead are most in the majors. #Angels next with 11 ... Tuesday was 1st time Rays lost leading by 3 or more in 7th or later, per Elias, since 7-20-10. Every team but Rays and O's did in '11-'12.

UPDATE, 6:06: The Rays beleaguered bullpen is going to be shorthanded again today, putting a premium on Moore going deep. Maddon indicated neither Jake McGee nor Joel Peralta was likely to pitch tonight; Peralta said Maddon told him last night he could come today wearing beachwear if he wanted because he wasn't getting in the game.  ... Maddon put four lefty hitters in the lineup tonight based on his gut feeling from past meetings with Romero in which he's been considered a "reverse split" pitcher, but acknowledged he isn't sure this time because Romero made only the one start in the majors since coming back from the minors.

UPDATE, 5:59: Obviously a lot going on pre-game today. Here are the lineups, with Rays manager Joe Maddon resorting to a gut feeling from past experience in using four lefty hitters vs. Jays LHP Romero:

RAYS lineup:

Jennings cf
Johnson lf - LHB
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b - LHB
Escobar ss
Scott dh - LHB
Lobaton c
Fuld rf - LHB
Moore p

JAYS lineup
Lawrie 3b
Cabrera dh
Bautista rf
Encarnacion 1b
Arencibia c
Davis lf
DeRosa 2b
Izturis ss
Bonaficio cf
Romero p

DEVELOPING: After a pair of frustrating lead-blowing losses, the Rays will try again to sort things out tonight as they take on the Jays for a third straight night.

Tonight, they will have LHP Matt Moore, who has been their most consistent pitcher, on the mound. The Jays will start one-time ace LHP Ricky Romero, who was demoted earlier this year to Class A Dunedin.

The Rays' problem has been their in ability to keep leads - they have led in 13 of their 18 losses, most in the majors, which is 72.2 percent of their losses. By comparison, last year they had a lead in 34 of their 72 losses (47 percent).



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