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Rays @ A’s: Wright and bullpen try to win finale

Posted Sep 1, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Sep 1, 2013 at 03:24 PM

OAKLAND – Jamey Wright and a cast of relievers will try to salvage the final game of this three-game series for the Rays.

Joe Maddon said he went with Wright instead of Roberto Hernandez, who was on schedule to start today, because he doesn’t want Hernandez to face all the lefties in the A’s lineup. He figured it would make it a heavy bullpen day if he went with Hernandez.

The A’s are starting four lefties and three switch hitters. Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes are the only right-handed hitters in the lineup.

If Wright, who hasn’t started since September 2007, and the others get smacked around, Maddon said he will let Hernandez finish the game and take the lumps.

The rotation for the Angels series that begins Monday night in Anaheim is Chris Archer and Matt Moore in the first two games and David Price in Thursday’s finale. Maddon said Hernandez, if he’s not used today, could start Wednesday. Or, it could be Jake Odorizzi or Jeremy Hellickson.

Delmon Young, Josh Lueke, Chris Gimenez were added to the roster today, which is the first day rosters can expand. Luke Scott was activated from the disabled list.

Here are the lineups:

DeJesus LF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Joyce DH
Loney 1B
Myers RF
Jennings CF
Molina C
Escobar SS

Jamey Wright RHP (202, 2.97)

Crisp CF
Donaldson 3B
Lowrie SS
Moss RF
Cespedes LF
Callapso DH
Barton 1B
Sogard 2B
Vogt C

Griffin RHP (11-9, 3.94)

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