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Rays vs. Jays: Sweep?

Posted Aug 9, 2012 by Joey Johnston

Updated Aug 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

ST. PETERSBURG—Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Rays are going for a three-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays. Game time is 1:10 p.m. (no TV, stay with us on Twitter, JJohnstonTrib for updates).

Rays rookie LHP Matt Moore (8-7, 3.84 ERA) will oppose Blue Jays RHP Henderson Alvarez (7-8, 4.47 ERA). Wednesday’s 3-2 victory assured Tampa Bay’s 16th consecutive home series victory against the Blue Jays (amazing!).

Some Thursday morning housekeeping:

* Evan Longoria, making his third straight start after returning from injury, is in the Rays’ lineup, batting cleanup at DH. Makes sense. Longoria is 4-for-6 with two home runs against Alvarez.

* DH Luke Scott (oblique) took some high-intensity batting practice and says he feels good. He might being a rehabilitation stint as soon as Friday. Stay tuned on that.

* Interesting quirk in the lineup. Ben Zobrist is at SS for the first time since 2009, when he played 13 games there. Zobrist came to the Rays as a shortstop in 2006, but has largely played 2B and OF the last few years. Zobrist said it wasn’t a big deal, he was willing to anything for the team and said it would be “like riding a bike.’’ Before the game, though, he did head to the field for some grounders at short. Good idea to get used to that bike again.

After today, the Rays go on a three-city road trip, beginning with the opener in Minnesota on Friday night.

The lineups:

Blue Jays

Rajai Davis LF

Colby Rasmus CF

Edwin Encarnacion 1B

Yunel Escobar SS

David Cooper DH

Moises Sierra RF

Jeff Mathis C

Omar Vizquel 2B

Adeiny Hechavarria 3B

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Henderson Alvarez RHP

Rays

Sam Fuld LF

B.J. Upton CF

Matt Joyce RF

Evan Longoria DH

Ben Zobrist SS

Carlos Pena 1B

Jeff Keppinger 3B

Ryan Roberts 2B

Jose Lobaton C

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Matt Moore LHP

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