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For starters, Rays vs. Jays: DeJesus out

Alex Cobb is set to start Game 2 tonight for the Rays.


Alex Cobb is set to start Game 2 tonight for the Rays.



UPDATE, 5:41: Maddon said DeJesus shouldn't be out long, and may be available to pinch-hit tonight. ... He chose Forsythe to to be the DH based on his quality of at-bats given the absence of a lefty, and said some of their right-handed hitters project well vs. Hutchison. ... Jennings will bat leadoff on Wednesday vs. LHP Mark Buehrle, and both Forsythe and Sean Rodriguez will be in the lineup.

UPDATE, 4:34: Bench coach Dave Martinez said the first experience with the replay system - though the Rays declined to challenge - was interesting. One change is that the Rays will probably have some signs made to hold up to tell Maddon their decision rather than hand signals.

UPDATE, 4:30: DeJesus said he does not consider the DL to be a possibility.  Forsythe is an interesting choice at DH, but with no lefty hitters on the bench the Rays didn't have a  better option. ... The Rays had their annual meeting with front office officials before batting practice.

UPDATE, 4:26: OF David DeJesys said his right foot was still sore and swollen, and that was enough for manager Joe Maddon to leave him out of the lineup.

Instead, Matt Joyce will play leftfield and bat leadoff, and Logan Forsythe will be the DH.

Here is the lineup:
Joyce lf
Myers rf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Forsythe dh
Hanigan c
Escobar ss
Cobb p

And here is the Toronto lineup:
Cabrera lf
Rasmus cf
Bautista rf
Encarnacion 1b
Lind dh
Navarro c
Lawrie 3b
Goins 2b
Diaz ss
Hutchison p

DEVELOPING: Coming off an impressive opening day win over the Jays, the Rays are set Game 2 tonight with Alex Cobb on the mound.

The biggest question about the lineup will be whether LF David DeJesus, who was hit on the foot by a pitch Monday, can play. He had x-rays, which were negative.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:42pm]


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