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Rays v Jays: Lineups with good ol’ No. 3 hitting cleanup

Posted Aug 7, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 05:12 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
The Rays, looking to score their first run since Friday night – a span of 21 innings – meet the Blue Jays tonight with a familiar face in the lineup.

Evan Longoria returns after missing the last 85 days because of a partially torn left hamstring. He will serve as the DH.

“I’m not the savior,” he said. “Hopefully I can provide some kind of spark and get the offense going.”

Manager Joe Maddon echoed the same thoughts, adding that maybe Longoria’s presence will help the hitters ahead of him in the lineup see better pitches, which should lead to some better at-bats and maybe a run or two.

Maddon is going with an all right-handed lineup against Blue Jays lefty, J.A. Happ.

With Longoria as the DH, Maddon can use Jeff Keppinger at first base instead of Peña, something you will see more of this season. Peña has never faced Happ. Keppinger is a .385 hitter against Happ.

James Shields makes his first start since throwing his first complete-game shutout of the season.

Ben Zobrist’s back spasms are not an issue. He’s back in the lineup.

Here are the lineups:

JAYS
Davis LF
Rasmus CF
Encarnacion 1B
Escobar SS
Cooper DH
Sierra RF
Johnson 2B
Mathis C
Hachavarria 3B

Happ LHP (0-0, 5.14)

RAYS
Jennings LF
Upton CF
Zobrist RF
Longoria DH
Keppinger 1B
Roberts 3B
Rodriguez 2B
Lobaton C
Johnson SS

Shields RHP (9-7, 4.24)

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