For starters, Rays vs. Jays
Update 5:26 p.m. The Rays lineup includes OF Wil Myers at designated hitter for the second straight day, with manager Joe Maddon saying it's mostly because DH Luke Scott is dealing with back spasms.
Maddon also wanted to get Kelly Johnson in the field - starting him in left - and Myers off his feet. Maddon said Scott's spasms crept up Thursday, and he's just day-to-day, maybe able to pinch-hit tonight.
*CF Desmond Jennings (fractured finger) took batting practice today for the first time, taking 20 swings, saying he's making progress. Jennings said the finger still hurts, but he'll likely have to deal with some pain for a while, even when he's activated from the DL. Jennings still hopes to be ready when eligible Monday, and Maddon says that sounds about right, or maybe a little after. Maddon said Jennings may be put in a game-situation on Sunday, sent out somewhere, to test it out.
*RHP Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) continues to strengthen his shoulder, playing catch from 105 feet today. Crain said he's feeling no pain, but they're taking it as a step-by-step process, with hopes of throwing from the mound by the end of next week.
*Maddon pulled up in style today, with his new 40-foot RV he wants to call "Uncle Eddie," channeling the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation character. It's not exactly roughing it, as it has surround sound and several HD TVs, including a 40-inch screen in bedroom.
Developing: The Rays have seemed to get back on track - winning two straight to snap a six-game skid and move to within two games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.
And they'll have a chance to make up more ground starting tonight to open a three-game set with the Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay will need a better outing from RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who hasn’t made it through five innings in any of his past three starts and lost all three. The Jays will start former NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, who has been tough at the Trop, going 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA, including a June 26 two-hit shutout.
Lineups, and more, to come.