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For starters: Rays vs. O's, seeking sweep

UPDATE, 12:14: Here are a few items from the Rays pre-game notes of interest:

* C Jose Lobaton is hitting .329 over his last 26 games, going back to April 25, and in that span leads all AL catchers (min 75 plate appearances) with a .907 OPS.

* SS Yunel Escobar over his his last 26 games, going back to May 11, is hitting .341 with 19 RBIs and 8 multi-hit games.

* The Rays have won their last 7 Sunday games.

* Rays are highest scoring team in majors since April 17, averaging 5.40 runs per game.

UPDATE, 12:08: Evan Longoria will get a partial day off today, as he takes his fourth turn this season at DH, part of the team's plan to maintain his health throghout the whole season. The Rays are 2-1 in his DH days, and Ryan Roberts will start at 3B.

Here is the full lineup:
Joyce rf
Zobrist 2b
Johnson lf
Longoria dh
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Roberts 3b
Molina c
Escobar ss
Moore p

And the Orioles lineup:

Markakis rf
Machado 3b
Hardy ss
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Wieters c
Valencia dh
Pearce lf
Casilla 2b
Tillman p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking for a three-game sweep of the Orioles this afternoon, and will have LHP Matt Moore on the mound.

Moore, who leads the team with eight wins, is coming off a pair of abbreviated outings, having pitched one inning before the rain in Cleveland on May 31 and then only two innings in a rough performance Tuesday in Detroit.

Moore said he knows what was wrong on Tuesday - release point, primarily - but otherwise had forgotten about the poor performance.

The Rays offense came back to life Saturday after a four-game skid. The Orioles are starting RHP Chris Tillman.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:15pm]


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