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Rays: Joyce was ready to fill in at third

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $14-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (4-4, 4.27)

MARLINS: RH Tom Koehler (4-5, 3.18)

On Price: Got no-decision for solid seven innings in eventful Friday start in Boston. Has 90 strikeouts, 9 walks. Is 1-2, 4.26 in 3 starts vs. Marlins.

On Koehler: Has lost past two starts, allowing 10 runs to Brewers and Braves. Has walked 28 in 68 innings. Lost his lone start vs. Rays in '13, working 8 innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. KOEHLER

Desmond Jennings 2-for-2

Matt Joyce 1-for-4

Evan Longoria 0-for-3

MARLINS VS. PRICE

A. Hechavarria 1-for-3

Jeff Mathis 4-for-17, HR

Mike Stanton 1-for-6

On deck

Thursday: vs. Marlins, 4:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-5, 5.13); Marlins — RH Jacob Turner (1-3, 5.59)

Friday: vs. Mariners, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-4, 4.27); Mariners — RH Chris Young (5-2, 3.27)

Saturday: vs. Mariners, 4:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (1-3, 3.19); Mariners — LH Roenis Elias (4-4, 3.53)

Sunday: vs. Mariners, 1:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-3, 3.73); Mariners — RH Felix Hernandez (8-1, 2.57)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, 60-day, knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken left thumb, eligible to return June 10 (targeting mid/late June)

• C Ryan Hanigan, right hamstring, eligible to return June 11

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible to return April 14 (targeting late June)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for the season.

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist sprain, eligible to return June 15 (targeting early August)

Quote of the day

"We're deficient in every aspect of the game. We're not doing one thing exceptionally well."

Rays 3B Evan Longoria on the state of the struggling team.

This would have been interesting …

Had the Rays tied or gone ahead in Monday's game after taking Evan Longoria out and emptying their bench in the top of the ninth, OF Matt Joyce was going to play third base, something he hadn't done since his freshman or sophomore year at Armwood High. "I told Longo I needed one of his gloves and he was like, huh?" Joyce said. "I was ready for the challenge." Had the pitcher's spot come up, David Price was likely to pinch-hit.

Birthday boy

C Jose Molina turned 39 on Tuesday, making him the seventh player for the Rays at that advanced age or older. The other elder statesmen: LHP Brian Shouse (41), INF Julio Franco (41), RHP Russ Springer (40), 3B Wade Boggs (40), 1B Fred McGriff (40), Troy Percival (39).

Rays: Joyce was ready to fill in at third 06/03/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:46pm]

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