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For starters: Rays vs. Royals, with Cobb pitching



UPDATE, 2:31: Maddon said Longoria, bothered by plantar fasciitis in his right foot, is likely to DH again Sunday and then return to 3B on Tuesday in Boston, at least for one of the games of the split doubleheader. ... Though the Rays haven't announced their plans for Tuesday, expect RHP Alex Colome to start one of the games. Either RHP Jeremy Hellickson or RHP Chris Archer will pitch the other game on Tuesday, and the other one will start Wednesday. ... Details of LHP Dvid Price's rehab assignment should be set by Sunday.

UPDATE, 2:24: The Rays lineup has - another - different look, as Luke Scott makes his first start in leftfield, a move manager Joe Maddon said was to get his bat in the lineup with Evan Longoria again the DH. Also Kelly Johnson, mired in a 3-for-33 slump he attributes to bad timing, was dropped in the order.

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

And the Royals lineup:

Gordon lf
Hosmer 1b
Perez c
Butler dh
Cain cf
Lough rf
Moustakas 3b
Johnson 2b
Escobar ss
Guthrie p

DEVELOPING: The struggling Rays will take on the Royals again this afternoon, hoping RHP Alex Cobb can stop a skid that has seen them lose three straight and five of six, and in which pitching has been their problem.

LHP Matt Moore on Saturday was the latest starter to fail them on Friday. Today, they turn to Cobb, who had been their most consistent starter until struggling in his last outing.

3B Evan Longoria is expected to be back at DH today, the result of a painful plantar faciitis problem in his right foot.

The Royals are starting RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who has been an impressive 7-3, 3.60.

Two other problems for the Rays:

* They are 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position over their last three games.

* They can't stop former teammate Elliot Johnson, who, as a Royal, is hitting .545 (8-for-15) against them with three extra base hits.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:32pm]


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