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Rays v Indians: Hello Johnny and Kotch

Posted Jul 16, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
The Rays begin the day tied with the Tigers and A’s for third place in the Wild Card standings, each a half-game behind the Orioles and Angels, who are tied for first.

Alex Cobb (4-5, 4.89) faces Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.40) tonight as the Rays and Indians begin a four-game series.

The Indians are just a half-game behind the Rays, A’s and Tigers in the Wild Card standings.

Will Rhymes, fresh off a 2-for-5 day Sunday, is back at the leadoff spot. Luke Scott is back at DH.

Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman, two big pieces in the puzzle last season as the Rays rallied in September for the AL Wild Card, return to the Trop for the first time this season.

Kotchman is at first base tonight and bats eighth. Damon is in left field and batting ninth.

Here are the lineups:

INDIANS
Choo RF
Cabrera SS
Kipnis 2B
Brantley CF
Lopez 3B
Hafner DH
Santana C
Kotchman 1B
Damon LF

McAllister RHP

RAYS
Rhymes 2B
Peña 1B
Zobrist RF
Upton CF
Scott DH
Keppinger 3B
Jennings LF
Molina C
Johnson SS

Cobb RHP

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