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Chris Archer hopes to make some adjustments from his season-short outing his last time out.


Chris Archer hopes to make some adjustments from his season-short outing his last time out.

Update 5:34 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon was impressed with a bullpen session today by RHP Alex Cobb (oblique strain), calling it "electric," and saying he could return to the rotation by the end of the month.


Cobb agreed, saying it is "extremely realistic' he could be back in the final week of May, encouraged with how he felt in his third bullpen session. Cobb will advance to live batting practice session in a few days, with Maddon saying he'll have three of those before the next step.

"It's been real smooth sailing with rehab process so far," Cobb said. "I don’t want to say we’re completely out of the woods...I don’t want to jinx anyting but I think we're doing really well right now."

*LHP Matt Moore was back in the Rays clubhouse, wearing a brace on his left arm, sounding upbeat after Tommy John surgery. Moore said it'll be 4-5 months before he can start throwing, acknowledging it's tough mentally, especially fighting off the boredom, but believes he can come back stronger, much like a lot of other pitchers who've had the procedure.

*RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow surgery) felt good after throwing from 100 feet today, saying he'll throw a fourth - and potentially final - bullpen session Wednesday before taking the next step in his rehab. Hellickson, who has experienced soreness only when throwing curveballs, may not return until late June, though he says he's just taking it one day at a time.

*RHP Brad Boxberger was recalled from Triple-A Durham for his third stint with the Rays, admitting it's been a 'whirlwind' first month of the season, but is happy - and ready - to be back. Boxberger said he found out Sunday he was getting called up, giving him time to settle in. Maddon wouldn't say for sure how long Boxberger will stay up, but has a ton of confidence in him.

"All I know is he's very capable of being here," Maddon said. "I won't hesistate to use  him in any situation, have a lot of faith in him. let's just play and see how it works out. but he's definitely a major league pitcher, I'll say that.'

Update 5:30 p.m. Ben Zobrist, after getting a couple days off, is back in the lineup and in the leadoff spot, with Maddon believing the extra rest will give him an extra boost tonight.

rays lineup
zobrist 2b
jennings cf
joyce lf
longoria 3b
loney 1b
myers rf
dejesus dh
escobar ss
hanigan c

orioles lineup
markakis rf
machado 3b
cruz lf
jones cf
wieters dh
hardy ss
clevenger c
pearce 1b
flaherty 2b
tillman rhp

Developing: The Rays return  home after a long - but rewarding - road trip in which they went 5-5 through Chicago, Boston and New York.

Tampa Bay will face the Orioles, with RHP Chris Archer on the mound, hoping to make some adjustments from his season-short outing his last time out.

The Orioles will start RHP Chris Tillman.

RHP Brad Boxberger is expected to be recalled, and here today, to help in the bullpen as RHP Nate Karns was sent down after Sunday's series finale in New York.

Recently-struggling Ben Zobrist, coming off two days off, should be back in the lineup tonight.

Lineups, and more, to come.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 5:44pm]


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