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For starters, Rays vs. White Sox, in retro gear and with starry thoughts

UPDATE, 5:26:Longoria said he felt good after playing third base last night and plans to be on the field "from here on out hopefully.'' Maddon said he had planned to DH Longoria today but texted him this morning and Longoria texted back that he was good to go. Still, Maddon said there will be some DH days built in. ... Maddon said it is "just a day" off for Loney vs. a tough lefty, and it worked out well to use Rodriguez at first with a fly ball pitcher on the mound. ... Longoria said if chosen for the All-Star team he plans to go to New York and participate.

UPDATE, 3:46: Evan Longoria is at 3B for a second consecutive game for the Rays. Also, James Loney gets the day off vs. Sale.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Rodriguez 1b
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Myers rf
Escobar ss
Lobaton c
Scott dh
Fuld lf
Moore p

And the White Sox lineup:

De Aza cf
Ramirez ss
Rios rf
Dunn 1b
Keppinger dh
Gillaspie 3b
Viciedo lf
Beckham 2b
Flowers c
Sale p

DEVELOPING: The Rays look to continue their latest roll against the White Sox tonight on what should be an eventful night at the Trop.

First, the matchup on the mound, featuring two of the game's best young left-handed starters, the Rays' Matt Moore and the White's Chris Sale, a Lakeland product.

Moore has 11 wins and is looking to join Detroit's Max Scherzer and Washington's Jordan Zimmerman as the only ones with 12 or more wins.

Secondly, the uniforms. The Rays will sport their self-created retro uniforms they debuted last season, the White Sox in an early '70s version of their uniforms.

Thirdly, the news. Just before game-time, the All-Star rosters will be announced at part of the Fox network broadcast. 3B Evan Longoria seems to be the Rays most likely candidate, though Moore is also a possibility.

Rays manager Joe Maddon has also mentioned SS Yunel Escobar, 1B James Loney and OF Matt Joyce as candidates, along with RHP Fernando Rodney.



[Last modified: Saturday, July 6, 2013 5:29pm]


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