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A’s @ Rays: The Finale

Posted May 6, 2012 by Joey Johnston

Updated May 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

ST. PETERSBURG—The Rays, with an MLB-best 13-2 record at home, will entertain the Oakland Athletics this afternoon at 1:40 in the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Oakland prevailed 4-3 in 12 innings during Saturday night’s middle game. The winning blow was a solo homer by ex-Ray Jonny Gomes.

After the game, the Rays optioned RHP Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham. Taking his place is LHP Cesar Ramos, who was in Durham watching Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather fight when he got the call. Ramos caught an early Sunday morning flight to Tampa and made it to the Trop without incident.

The Rays still own MLB’s best record at 19-9. The Rays have a 1/2-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. They have won 12 of their last 14 and 13 of their last 16.

Today, the Rays will send LHP Matt Moore (1-1, 4.20 ERA) to the mound against Oakland’s LHP Tommy Milone (3-2, 3.69).

The Rays leave Monday for an eight-game road trip, beginning with Tuesday night’s opener of a three-game series in New York, a three-game set in Baltimore, then two games in Toronto before a May 16 homecoming game with the Boston Red Sox.

Today’s lineups (for the ol’ day-game-after-a-long-night-game):

Oakland Athletics

SS Cliff Pennington (.214)

RF Michael Taylor (.000)

DH Josh Reddick (.267)

CF Yoenis Cespedes (.238)

LF Jonny Gomes (.239)

3B Brandon Inge (.122)

1B Daric Barton (.222)

C Anthony Recker (.267)

2B Eric Sogard (.140)

Tampa Bay Rays

LF Desmond Jennings (.273)

CF B.J. Upton (.326)

1B Carlos Pena (.260)

3B Jeff Keppinger (.310)

DH Luke Scott (.256)

SS Sean Rodriguez (.205)

RF Matt Joyce (.271)

C Chris Gimenez (.258)

2B Elliot Johnson (.182)


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