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Rays v Mets: Zoby scratched, Matsui/Scott and Longo update

Posted Jun 12, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
Ben Zobrist was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Mets because of a bruised right hand suffered Sunday when he was struck there by a throw while sliding into second base.

Zobrist remained in the game against the Marlins and even singled in his next at-bat. But the hand hurt when he reported to the Trop this afternoon. X-rays were negative and the team said he was day-to-day.

“I hope he’s hour-to-hour,” manager Joe Maddon said.

As a result, Sean Rodriguez will move from third base to second and Will Rhymes will start at third base.

Hideki Matsui gets the start tonight at DH over Luke Scott because it’s Matsui’s 38th birthday. The Japanese media presented Matsui with a birthday cake before batting practice. They do that every year.

Scott has made just one pinch-hit appearance in the last five games, but Maddon said he is fine physically. Also, Scott could not start over the weekend, because the Rays played at Miami and could not use the DH.

Evan Longoria, who hoped to be on his minor league rehab assignment by now, could begin one Friday of his base running drill before Thursday’s game goes well.

The Mets make their third trip to the Trop. Alex Cobb, who starts tonight for the Rays, was 13 in 2001, the last time the Mets made it to St. Petersburg for interleague play.

Here are the lineups:

METS
Nieuwenhuis CF
Valdespin DH
Wright 3B
Duda RF
Murphy 2B
Davis 1B
Bay LF
Tholes C
Quintanilla SS

Young RHP (0-0, 3.60)

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

Cobb RHP (2-2, 4.13)

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