For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox

Chris Archer will be on the mound, having been impressive in his last outing Saturday against the Orioles.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Chris Archer will be on the mound, having been impressive in his last outing Saturday against the Orioles.

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Update 5:45 p.m. Slumping DH Luke Scott did some early work with hitting coach Derek Shelton Wednesday afternoon, including hitting of a tee and doing soft toss.

Scott, who entered Wednesday with just seven hits over his last 55 at-bats, said he was working on a few mechanical things with his swing, but is confident he can bounce out of it.

"This game is about a feel.  You don't know why things like this happen," he said.  "It would be one thing if I wasn't working.  It would be one thing if I didn't have the ability.  That's not the case."

*Rays manager Joe Maddon said he learned something about RHP Roberto Hernandez in Tuesday's strong outing, that he seems to get better as the game gets deeper.

*Maddon continued his praise of SS Yunel Escobar, saying he's playing himself into the consideration for the All-Star game.

*RHP Kyle Farnsworth, pulled from Monday's game due to elbow soreness, said he's fine and available to pitch. He said it was more precautionary than anything, that considering his previous elbow issues, he wanted to take it easy when he felt discomfort Monday. But Farnsworth felt fine after playing catch Tuesday.

*The Rays signed five more draft picks, and agreed to terms on second-rounder SS/OF Riley Unroe.

*Bucs DT Gerald McCoy was at the Trop to throw out the cermonial first pitch, with RHP Jamey Wright - a huge Oklahoma Sooner fan, catching.

Update 5:32 p.m. The Rays lineup has Matt Joyce, who had the biggest homer last night, atop the order.

Rays lineup
Joyce rf
Zobrist 2b
Johnson lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Scott dh
Lobaton c
Escobar ss
Archer rhp

Red Sox lineup
Ellsbury cf
Nava rf
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Napoi 1b
Carp lf
Saltalamacchia c
Middlebrooks 3b
Drew ss
Aceves rhp

Developing: The Rays, coming off their powerful 8-3 win over the Red Sox last night, will try to take the series tonight in a finale at Tropicana Field.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound, having been impressive in his last outing Saturday against the Orioles.

RHP Alfredo Aceves will start for the Red Sox.

Tampa Bay has scored seven or more runs in four straight games, matching the longest streak in franchise history, and have pulled to within four games of the Red Sox in the AL East. 

The lineups, and more, to come.



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