Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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No news yet on final roster
Posted Oct 21, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Oct 21, 2008 at 02:00 PM
The Rays still have some meeting to do before finalizing their World Series roster, but don’t expect any radical changes.
It sounds like they’re set on sticking with 11 pitchers—expected to be the same 11 as in the ALCS—and it doesn’t sound like Shawn Riggans is healthy enough to return as the backup catcher. There has been some talk of adding Eric Hinske and dropping Gabe Gross, but it doesn’t sound as if that’s going to happen.
As for the rotation, it will be as expected, with Scott Kazmir leading off followed by James Shields, Matt Garza and Andy Sonnanstine. In addition to being the prudent choice to keep everyone on regular rest, that alignment also will allow Shields to start twice at home. Also, Sonnanstine probably will be available out of the bullpen in Game 1 if needed—it’s been a while since he pitched and his scheduled start won’t come until Sunday.