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 Marlins: Lineups, no no-nos and bloody noses
Posted Jun 15, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
ST. PETERSBURG The Marlins are in town to begin a three-game series tonight, and the Rays might just be glad to see them.
The Rays swept the Marlins last weekend before returning home and getting swept by the Mets.
Matt Moore faces Carlos Zambrano in a matchup of last Saturday’s starters. Moore got the win while Zambrano lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs.
Major League Baseball denied the Mets appeal to change B.J. Upton’s infield single in the first inning Wednesday to an error, so no no-no for R.A. Dickey.
“It should have (been upheld),” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “I’m sure if there was another hit in that game nobody would say let’s go review that and see if we can make it a one-hitter. I understand why they would do it. I probably would have done the same thing.”
INF Jeff Keppinger begins his minor league rehab assignment tonight with the Triple A Durham Bulls while 3B Evan Longoria begins his tomorrow night. Maddon said both players could rejoin the Rays as early as the middle of next week.
Marlins 3B Hanley Ramirez was scratched from tonight’s lineup after being struck in the nose with a baseball while taking batting practice in the Trop’s indoor batting cage.
Also, Hideki Matsui has been taking ground balls at first base to provide Maddon with another late-inning option.
Here are tonight’s lineups: