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 Tigers: Longo update and lineups
Posted Jun 29, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 05:52 PM
ST. PETERSBURG 3B Evan Longoria provided an update before tonight’s game with the visiting Tigers, saying the extra rest helped his injured left hamstring. But he did not set a timetable for his return.
“We’re not back to square one by any means,” he said. “I’ve actually been feeling better these last couple of days than I had at any point during the rehab, even when I went out to play. Whatever we got past, we’re past it, and I think it’s just a matter of fighting the urge to go hard right now and letting it heal up to 100 percent. The last time I tried to push through something in the beginning, maybe cut some corners, I don’t want to say cut some corners, but you know, probably tried to do a little too much too soon. I’m just happy I didn’t injure it really, really badly and now I think we’re back on track.”
OF Sam Fuld took batting practice on the field and said there was not any pain in his right wrist. He said he might be able to begin a minor league rehab start before the All-Star Break.
It’s David Price vs. Justin Verlander in a matchup of a couple of hard-throwing aces as the Rays, losers of seven of their last nine and 11 of their last 16, try to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Rays are 34-17 in game started by a former Cy Young Award winner.
In 10 career starts against former Cy Young winners, Price is 6-1 while the Rays have won nine of the games.
Here are the lineups:
Verlander RHP (8-4, 2.52)
Price LHP (10-4, 2.95)