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Rays @ White Sox: No Escobar, but Rays have Moore

Posted Apr 27, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 27, 2013 at 05:52 PM

ROGER MOONEY
CHICAGO SS Yunel Escobar’s right hamstring is improving but there is still enough tightness to keep him out of the lineup for a third day and more than likely a fourth.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said it’s possible Escobar, who hasn’t played the first two games of this series, may not return to the lineup until Tuesday when the Rays open a three-game series in Kansas City against the Royals.

Matt Moore will attempt to become the first pitcher in team history to win five games during the month of April. He takes the mound tonight as the major league’s ERA leader at 1.04.

Desmond Jennings returns to the lineup in his familiar spot at the top. Matt Joyce, who had a home run and an RBI single while batting leadoff in Friday’s loss, drops down to No. 2.

The Rays are looking for third road victory this season. They are 2-9 away from the Trop, including 0-2 on this 10-game road trip.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS
Jennings CF
Joyce RF
Zobrist SS
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Duncan DH
Johnson 2B
Molina C
Fuld LF

Moore LHP (4-0, 1.04)

WHITE SOX
De Aza LF
Greene 2B
Rios RF
Dunn DH
Konerko 1B
Ramirez SS
Gillaspie 3B
Flowers C
Danks CF

Floyd RHP (0-3, 4.98)

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