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Rays v KC: Cobb tries to right the ship, Johnson dropped in the order

Posted Jun 15, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jun 15, 2013 at 03:03 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG Alex Cobb, so good in days following a Rays loss, will try to defend the honor of the rotation this afternoon while the offense searches for ways to get a hit with runners in scoring position against the Royals.

Cobb is 5-1 with a 2.77 ERA on days following a Rays loss.

The Rays offense is 1-for-22 with RISP in their last three games, all losses.

Kelly Johnson, 3-for-30 on this homestand, has been dropped to seventh in the order. Luke Scott, who has showed some life at the plate the past few games, will bat third and play left field. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he can get away with Scott in the outfield since Cobb is a groundball pitcher.

Johnson remains at third base. Maddon said he expects Evan Longoria, DHing again for the third straight game because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, to return to third base Tuesday when the Rays play a doubleheader in Boston.

Here are the lineups:

ROYALS
Gordon LF
Hosmer 1B
Perez C
Butler DH
Cain CF
Lough RF
Moustakas 3B
Johnson 2B
Escobar SS

Guthrie RHP (7-3, 3.60)

RAYS
Joyce RF
Zobrist 2B
Scott LF
Longoria DH
Loney 1B
Jennings CF
Johnson 3B
Lobaton C
Escobar SS

Cobb RHP (6-2, 2.95)

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