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: Scott returns, Jennings back to leading off
Posted Jun 28, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Luke Scott has been activated from the disabled list and is batting cleanup tonight as the Rays open a four-game series with the Tigers at the Trop.
Joe Maddon liked what he saw from Desmond Jennings during Jennings three-hit game Wednesday in Kansas City to move him back to his normal spot atop the lineup.
In other news, Kyle Farnsworth returned from his two-game rehab stint with Durham and said his strained right elbow, which has kept him out of action since the end of the spring training, is pain free. Farnsworth is expected to be activated Saturday along with Jeremy Hellickson, who should start that night for the Rays.
Maddon said Rodney will still serve as the closer while Farnsworth joins Jake McGee and Joel Peralta as eight-inning set-up men.
Maddon said Sam Fuld is moving closer to a minor league rehab start, while Jeff Niemann is walking without the help of a scooter.
Maddon said he didn’t have an update on Evan Longoria’s status and doesn’t expect to have one for a couple of days.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Scherzer RHP (6-5, 5.12)
Shields RHP (7-4, 3.99)