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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

ROGER MOONEY
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:

MARINERS
Ackley 2B
Suzuki RF
Wells LF
Jaso C
Seager 3B
Saunders CF
Smoak 1B
Peguero DH
Kawasaki SS

Vargas LHP (9-7, 4.09)

RAYS
Upton CF
Peña 1B
Zobrist 2B
Keppinger 3B
Joyce RF
Matsui DH
Jennings LF
Lobaton C
Rodriguez SS

Cobb RHP (4-6, 4.92)

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