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Rays v Rangers: A bullpen day for Rangers

Posted Sep 17, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 05:48 PM

St. PETERSBURG – Just as the Rays did Sept. 1 in Oakland, the Rangers will use a bullpen day tonight to try to steal a win during this playoff chase.

Alexi Ogando will start for the Rays and go maybe three or four innings before manager Ron Washington goes to the bullpen.

Because of that, Joe Maddon drew a lineup in anticipation of a parade of relief pitchers. Moving Ben Zobrist to the top of the order sets up a nearly righty-lefty-righty lineup, making it harder to Washington to matchup up relievers.

The Rays begin the night atop the Wild Card standings with a one-game lead on the Rangers. The Indians, who are 1 ½ games back of the Rays, play the Royals in Kansas City.

Here are the lineups:

Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Rios RF
Beltre 3B
Pierzynski C
Berkman DH
Adduci LF
Moreland 1B
Martin CF

Ogando RHP (6-4, 3.23)

Zobrist 2B
Myers RF
Loney 1B
Longoria 3B
Joyce DH
Jennings CF
DeJesus LF
Lobaton C
Escobar SS

Hellickson RHP (11-8, 5.04)

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