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For starters: Rays vs. Orioles

Roberto Hernandez is the first pitcher who signed as a major-league free agent to start a game for the Rays since Wilson Alvarez on July 14, 2002, ending a run of 1,693 games.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Roberto Hernandez is the first pitcher who signed as a major-league free agent to start a game for the Rays since Wilson Alvarez on July 14, 2002, ending a run of 1,693 games.

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UPDATE,  12:54 p.m. Maddon said with Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez a reverse-split pitcher, he liked right-handed hitting Shelley Duncan at DH.

Duncan, who hit the game-tying homer in the sixth inning Wednesday, was scheduled to be the Rays third emergency catcher last night, if it had gone extra innings (with Sean Rodriguez and Ryan Roberts both out of the game). Maddon said Duncan didn't know it, but figured since his dad, Dave Duncan was a former big-league catcher, it was in his "genes."

*DH Luke Scott (right calf strain) said he will start doing more activity in his rehab Friday, likely some hitting - but not running - yet.

*Joyce said he couldn't remember if he had ever hit a walk-off homer - at any level - before Wednesday's solo homer in the ninth. He said having grown up in the Brandon-area, and hit his first one at home, made it extra special. He received about 50 messages, saying he's tried to return most of them.

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m. The Rays lineup will include Shelley Duncan at DH and Wednesday's hero, LF Matt Joyce, in the two-hole.

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Joyce lf
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Duncan dh
Escobar ss
Loney 1b
Molina c
Roberts 2b
Hernandez rhp

...And here's the Orioles lineup
McLouth
Machado 3b
Markakis rf
JOnes cf
Davis 1b
Wieters c
Hardy ss
Flaherty dh
Roberts 2b
Gonzalez rhp

Developing: The Rays wrap up their first series of the season today with a 3:10 matinee against the Orioles

RHP Roberto Hernandez, 32, will be on the mound for the Rays, and his first pitch will end several streaks:

* He is the first pitcher to start a game for them who signed as a free agent since Hideo Nomo on July 15, 2005, ending a run of 1,207 games.

* He is the first pitcher to start a game for them who signed as a major-league free agent since Wilson Alvarez on July 14, 2002, ending a run of 1,693 games.

* He is the first pitcher 31 or older to start for the Rays since then 32-year-old Mark Hendrickson on June 25, 2006, ending a run of 1,060 games.

The Orioles are starting RHP Miguel Gonzalez.

Lineups soon.

 

 



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