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 lineup and Matsui update (Hint: He’s headed to Durham)
Posted May 12, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
BALTIMORE Hideki Matsui completed the extended spring portion of his season this afternoon. He was 8-for-18 with a homer in four games.
Matsui is traveling to Toronto to obtain a work visa. He is expected to report to Triple A Durham on Tuesday.
As for the Rays tonight, Carlos Peña gets his first day off of the season. Jeff Keppinger will start at first base, a position he hasn’t played during the regular season since 2008. Keppinger has played only eight games at first during his career.
Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup. Neither is Matt Joyce, though the O’s are throwing left Brian Matusz.
Here is the Rays lineup: