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 White Sox: Lobaton returns, funky lineup and updats on DJ & Farnsworth
Posted May 28, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Interesting Memorial Day lineup today for the Rays.
The lefties Luke Scott, Carlos Peña and Matt Joyce get the day off against Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale. Maddon wanted to give those guys a day off, and he felt today was as good a day as any since the ChiSox are throwing lefty Chris Sale.
Drew Sutton will make his first major league start at first base, though he said he has played their often during the minor league portion of his career.
Matt Moore looks for his second win of the season, hoping to finally put together a complete outing.
The Rays activated C Jose Lobaton from the disabled list and optioned Chris Gimenez to Triple A.
On the injury front:
Kyle Farnsworth threw 25 fastballs off the bullpen mound. The key was repeating his delivery and finishing off the pitch, two things he didn’t do when the his right elbow was bothering him at the end of the last season and again in spring training.
Desmond Jennings put his sprained left knee to the test by running arcs around the outside of the infield dirt. The next step is running the bases and sliding. If that goes well, Jennings will head for what will be a minor league rehab that should last about a week with days off mixed in.
The Rays begin the day tied for first with the Orioles.
Here are the lineups:
De Aza CF
Sale LHP (5-2, 2.50)
Will Rhymes 2B
Moore LHP (1-4, 5.07)