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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Rays @ Jays: No roster moves as of 3:30
Posted May 14, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
TORONTO The roof is open at Rogers Centre on a gorgeous day by Lake Ontario as the Rays open a two-game series tonight against the Blue Jays.
The conspiracy theorists, like me, are apparently wrong on the Hideki Matsui joining the Rays today theory, since I’ve been told he’s supposed to report to Triple A Durham on Tuesday. Still, it was a little curious that Matsui traveled to Toronto to obtain a work visa when the Rays, who might be in need of another outfielder, were headed the same way.
Manager Joe Maddon said Sunday the team has to decide soon what to do with Desmond Jennings, who’s left knee sprain has limited him to only two pinch-hit appearances in the past week.
Brandon Allen, placed on the DL last Thursday with a strained quad, worked out along the right field line this afternoon with strength and conditioning coach Kevin Barr. Allen ran a series of agility drills.
Jennings did not partake in the workout.
No word yet on his status.
It’s Jeff Niemann vs. Brandon Morrow tonight in the opener of this two-game series.
Niemann is hoping to continue the momentum gained from his previous start, when he went seven innings and allowed a run on six hits to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Niemann, who certainly pitched well enough to win, received a no-decision when the Rays rallied for four in the ninth for a 4-1 victory.