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 v Mariners: Lineups, Fuld and a good guffaw
Posted Jul 21, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 21, 2012 at 06:04 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Joe Maddon said Hideki Matsui will get more time at DH in the wake of Luke Scott’s latest injury, a mild strain of his right external oblique that sent Scott to the DL this afternoon.
But, Maddon said, OF Sam Fuld is nearing his return from right wrist surgery and could rejoin the team Tuesday in Baltimore.
LHP Cesar Ramos was recalled to fill Scott’s spot on the roster and add a fresh arm to the bullpen, which picked up 6 1/3 innings in Friday’s 14-inning win against the Mariners. Ramos could be the long man tonight if starter Alex Cobb falters. If not, he can serve as the same insurance Sunday behind starter LHP Matt Moore.
Maddon said he heard the rumored trade that would send James Shields and Ben Zobrist to the Angels for Howie Kendrick and others. Maddon said he and Andrew Friedman had a good “guffaw” over that rumor.
Zobrist is one of the few untouchables on the team.
Also, both B.J. and Justin Upton hit their 99th career home runs Friday.
As for tonight, the Rays could make it three straight wins with another victory. That would be their longest winning streak since they won four straight from June 7-10.
Here are the lineups:
Vargas LHP (9-7, 4.09)
Cobb RHP (4-6, 4.92)