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: Looking for a winning streak
Posted Jul 20, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays will attempt to do something tonight they haven’t accomplished since July 2 and 3 – win on consecutive days.
The Rays last winning streak occurred when they took the first two games of the three-game series with the Yankees. In fact, the Rays haven’t won more than two straight since a sweep of the Marlins in Miami gave them a four-game winning streak. That was June 10, so it’s been a while since the Rays have put together a few good games.
James Shields returns to the mound tonight against the visiting Mariners. He’s 8-6 with a 4.44 ERA and riding the dubious wave of having allowed at least 10 hits in his past four starts.
Matt Joyce returns to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game with a sore lower back, understandable for someone who was on the disabled list since June 23 with a similar issue.
Former Ray John Jaso will be the Mariners DH and will bat fourth.
Here are the lineups:
Iwakuma RHP (1-2, 5.13)
Shields RHP (8-6, 4.44)