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Rays v Rangers: Garza returns

Posted Sep 16, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 06:02 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays and Rangers, tied for the lead in the Wild Card standings, begin a crucial four-game series tonight at Tropicana Field.

Former Ray Matt Garza starts for the Rangers against Alex Cobb.

Speaking of ex-Rays, James Shields (Royals) and Scott Kazmir (Indians) face each other tonight in Kansas City. Kazmir’s Indians are a half-game back of the Rays and Rangers in the Wild Card standings. The Royals are 3 ½ games back.

The Rangers are struggling as much as the Rays, having lost 12 of their last 15 games. The Rays had their three-game winning streak stopped Sunday in Minnesota. They have won just four of their last 10 games.

Here are the lineups:

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

Garza RHP (9-5, 3.79)

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

Cobb RHP (8-3, 3.08)

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