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 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:
Ogando RHP (6-4, 3.23)
Hellickson RHP (11-8, 5.04)