For starters: Rays vs. Mariners, with Cobb returning

Alex Cobb will be making his first start since being hit in the head by a line drive on June 15 at the Trop.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Alex Cobb will be making his first start since being hit in the head by a line drive on June 15 at the Trop.

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UPDATE, 5:36: The Rays made room for Cobb by designating for assignment INF Ryan Roberts, whom they now have 10 days to trade, release or pass through waivers to outright to the minors. ... Maddon said OF Jason Bourgeois was a better fit in terms of skill set in the short term. ... Maddon said Alex Cobb looked "very normal and ready to go" for his first start back.

Here is the Rays lineup, with an outfield trio of Bourgeois, Fuld and Rodriguez:

Rodriguez rf
Myers dh
Longoria 3b
Zobrist 2b
Escobar ss
Bourgeois lf
Loney 1b
Lobaton c
Fuld cf
Cobb p

Mariners lineup:
Miller ss
Franklin 2b
Seager 3b
Morales dh
Ibanez lf
Smoak 1b
Saunders rf
Ackley cf
Blanco c
Saunders c

DEVELOPING: Having snapped their six-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Wednesday with a 5-4 walkoff win over the Mariners, the Rays are hoping for some carryover tonight.

And they will have RHP Alex Cobb on the mound, making his first start since being hit in the head by a line drive on June 15 at the Trop.

Cobb has made two rehab starts (plus one two-pitch outing due to a blister) and said he has no physical limitations or apprehension about returning. He will be on a pitch limit of about 90, manager Joe Maddon said.

The Mariners are starting veteran lefty Joe Saunders.

The Rays have to make room on both the 25- and 40-man rosters for Cobb. OF Jason Bourgeois and INF Ryan Roberts seem the most likely candidates.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 5:41pm]

    

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