UPDATE, 6:45: Cash said the Rays will be a bit cautious with Jennings initially, checking with him on a nightly basis about playing the next day. ... LHP Drew Smyly's return to the rotation is officially set for Sunday. ... Cash acknowledged that former Rays C Bobby Wilson may have some inside info on the Rays pitchers that could help the Texas hitters. ... To deal with the Arlington heat, the Rays took batting practice in shorts today. ... RHP Nathan Karns is excited for the first chance to pitch in Arlington, where he grew up and attended many games. He has around 30 family members and perhaps up to 100 friends, former teammates and coaches coming.
Rangers lineup, with Josh Hamilton:
DEVELOPING: The Rays lineup has a different look tonight as they open a 10-game, three-city cross country trip as Desmond Jennings is back in the lineup for the first time since April 25.
Jennings had been on the DL since then with a left knee injury issue that eventually required arthroscopic surgery.
RHP Nathan Karns, who grew up in the Arlington area as a Rangers fan, will be on the mound for the Rays, opposed by LHP Martin Perez, who started the 2013 Game 163 against the Rays.
Here is the Rays lineup: