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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, still skidding

The Rays will have Alex Cobb on the mound tonight, as he looks to rebound from an uneven outing in Seattle on Friday.

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The Rays will have Alex Cobb on the mound tonight, as he looks to rebound from an uneven outing in Seattle on Friday.

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UPDATE, 5:41: The Rays have Myers back in the lineup and hitting second, as Maddon liked the idea of him hitting between DeJesus and Zobrist. That pushed Longoria to 4th. Though he prefers third, Maddon said the Rays score more when he hits fourth so they will try that for now. ... Maddon had a talk with Desmond Jennings, a "reaffirmation" of his skills. .. Maddon said Crain felt good after his bullpen session and wants to throw one more on Friday before advancing to the next step, which likely will in involve facing hitters.

Rays lineup:
DeJesus lf
Myers rf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Joyce dh
Jennings cf
Loney 1b
Lobaton c
Escobar ss
Cobb p

Red Sox lineup:
Pedroia 2b
Victorino rf
Ortiz dh
Napoli 2b
Nava lf
Drew ss
Middlebrooks 3b
Ross c
Bradley Jr. cf
Dempster p

DEVELOPING: Having lost for the 12th time in 16 games, and having only 19 left, the Rays try again tonight to break out of their latest skid and protect, or enhance, their wild-card position.

The Rays will have RHP Alex Cobb on the mound tonight, as he looks to rebound from an uneven outing in Seattle on Friday.

But the bigger issue, as it has been, is their offense as they continue to struggle scoring runs, and specifically in getting hits with runners in scoring position. The Sox are starting veteran RHP Ryan Dempster.

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 5:41pm]

    

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