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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

ROGER MOONEY
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:

MARLINS
Reyes SS
Solano 3B
Stanton RF
Morrison LF
Infante 2B
Ruggiano CF
Kearns DH
Sanchez 1B
Buck C

Zambrano P

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

Moore P

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