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Matt Moore, coming off two bad outings, has been eager to get back on the mound.


Matt Moore, coming off two bad outings, has been eager to get back on the mound.



Update 5:45 p.m. Evan Longoria is the designated hitter for the second straight day, and could be the rest of the weekend, as he's been slowed by plantar fascitis in his right foot.


Longoria said it's bothered him for a couple weeks, and started to wear on him during the long games in the Red Sox series. He said he hopes that with a few days off his feet, it'll all be cleared up after the team's off-day on Monday. "It's pretty painful," he said. Longoria said the hardest part is the standing around, hence the DH, but can play otherwise.

Kelly Johnson gets his second straight start at third base, having made his first major league appearance there Thursday. Johnson wasn't challenged very much Thursday, but said he felt fine.

*There's been no set schedule for LHP David Price's minor league rehab starts, but the first one will likely be Tuesday. Price said he feels "great" one day after throwing 54 pitch simulated game yesterday. Maddon has said it could be less than three minor league starts before he returns later this month.

*RHP Alex Cobb returned last night, having spent the past few days in the Boston-area for the funeral of his maternal grandmother, Nancy Miller, 85. Cobb said it was great to spend some time with family, recalling how Miller used to fill in as librarian at his elementary school, and help send his family on vacations to the Cape.

Due to a flight delay, Cobb didn't arrive until around 6 p.m. last night, and threw his between-starts bullpen session after Thursday's game.

*Maddon said they haven't made a decision yet on who will start Tuesday's day-night doubleheader in Boston, though one starter could be RHP Alex Colome, who was pulled after 45 pitches last night in Durham.

*Rays second-round pick SS Riley Unroe was at the Trop, having finalized his deal with the team, saying it was "surreal" to finally be at place he's dreamed of his whole life. Unroe was joined by his father, Tim, who played professionally in the majors (including for manager Joe Maddon with the Angels), saying the Rays are going to give him a chance to develop at shortstop.

Rays lineup
Joyce rf
Zobrist 2b
Johnson 3b
Longoria dh
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Fuld lf
Lobaton c
Escobar ss
Moore lhp

Royals lineup
Gordon lf
Hosmer 1b
Perez c
Butler dh
Cain cf
Tejada 3b
Francoeur rf
Johnson 2b
Escobar ss
Mendoza rhp


Developing: The Rays have lost four of their last five - including 10-1 to the Royals Thursday night - but will try to bounce back tonight against Kansas City at the Trop.

LHP Matt Moore, coming off two bad outings, has been eager to get back on the mound, confident he can make the adjustments, as well as better pitches when he's ahead of the count.

RHP Luis Mendoza will start for the Royals, who have set a franchise record with 12 consecutive games allowing three runs or less.

RHP Alex Cobb, activated off the bereavement list, is back in town, having flown to the Boston-area for the funeral for his maternal grandmother, Nancy Miller. He's going to start Saturday.

Lineups, and more, to come.

[Last modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:51pm]


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