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For starters: Rays vs. Orioles, trying to start over



UPDATE, 5:29: Baseball ops president Matt Silverman addressed reporters, saying the organization is disappointed in the team's play to this point and putting the chances for a return to contention primarily on the starting pitching. ... Silverman also said they will not charecterize themselves as "sellers" leading up to the trade deadline despite their poor record and that any trades will be driven by the market.

Orioles lineup:
Jones cf
Schoop 2b
Machado 3b
Davis 1b
Trumbo rf
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Alvarez dh
Rickard lf
Gallardo p

 UPDATE, 4:37:
It sounds like Maile will be the primary catcher for now, as Cash said, "you'll see a lot of him.'' Maile is better defensively than Casali, so the key will be how he hits.

UPDATE, 4:30: : INF/DH Steve Pearce (hamstring) starts a rehab assignment tonight with the Stone Crabs, and is expected to play through the weekend and rejoin the Rays in Colorado or Oakland. ... RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) will throw a bullpen on Sunday to work on mechanics, which pushes his next rehab start back to Tuesday or Wednesday. Both he and Cash though said there is no setback in his recovery nor concern of injury. ... Jepsen said he had "quite a few" other teams interested including some contenders, but liked the idea of returning to Rays since he had success here, and that several players, coaches and staff reached out to him.

UPDATE, 3:23: RHP Kevin Jepsen is expected to be activated and added to the bullpen, with one of the rookie relievers - Dylan Floro, Ryan Garton or Tyler Sturdevant - sent down.

DEVELOPING: After losing 22 of their last 25 games going into the All-Star break, the Rays are hoping things will be better on this side.

They open the post-break portion of their schedule, however, with a difficult challenge, facing the AL East-leading Orioles for a three-game set before heading west for a nine-game, 10-day, cross-country road trip. And they start play, 34-54, last in the AL East.

RHP Chris Archer, who has his own issues in the first half, will be on the mound for the Rays, with RHP Yovani Gallardo starting for the Orioles.

The Rays do have the benefit of having CF Kevin Kiermaier off the DL and back in their lineup for the first time since May 21.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 2b,
Miller SS,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza RF,
Dickerson DH,
Guyer LF,
Kiermaier cf,
Maile c,
Archer p

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