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Rays @ A’s: All quiet on the trade front

Posted Jul 30, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said there is nothing new to report on the trade front and expects to return to Tampa Bay after Wednesday’s game with the same squad that takes on the A’s tonight.

The James Shields Rumors have tailed off and he said he expects to make his scheduled start Tuesday night, which will begin six hours West Coast time after the trade deadline.

Despite beating the Angels on Sunday, the Rays team batting average dropped to .231, which is the lowest in the major leagues. However, the lead the major leagues in walks. The 1914 Yankees are the only team in baseball history to finish the season last in the majors in batting and first in walks.

The Rays take on the red-hot A’s, winners of 13 of their last 16. David Price goes for his major league-leading 15th win.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Jennings LF
Upton CF
Zobrist 2B
Keppinger DH
Joyce RF
Roberts 3B
Peña 1B
Molina C
Rodriguez SS

Price LHP (14-4, 2.57)

Weeks 2B
Gomes DH
Reddick RF
Cespedes CF
Carter 1B
Inge 3B
Suzuki C
Smith LF
Hicks SS

Griffin RHP (3-0, 2.22)

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