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Rays @ O’s: No Jennings again, Price cleared to pitch Friday, lineups

Posted Sep 12, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM

Desmond Jennings is not in tonight’s lineup, missing his fourth game with lower back stiffness.

Jennings did take batting practice this afternoon in Camden Yards indoor cage and said he feels fine. But the Rays want to be cautious. If Jennings arrives at the stadium Thursday morning and his back feels fine then he should be in the lineup.

Jennings could pinch-run or play defense later in tonight’s game.

David Price has been given the green light to pitch Friday night against the Yankees in New York.

Manager Joe Maddon said Chris Archer could get a start next week during the four-game series against the visiting Red Sox.

The Rays, who began the day two games back in both the AL East and AL Wild Card races, will try to bounce back from last night’s 9-2 loss to the Orioles. After the game Maddon said the Rays need to match the Orioles intensity.

Alex Cobb can go a long way toward helping the Rays achieve that when he faces them tonight.

Ryan Roberts strained left forearm is not an issue and is in the lineup.

Here are the lineups:

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

Cobb RHP (9-8, 4.28)

McLouth LF
Hardy SS
Jones CF
Wieters C
Betemit DH
Reynolds 1B
Davis RF
Machado 3B
Andino 2B

Gonzalez RHP (6-4, 3.62)

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