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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Who starts Game 2? Depends on what happens in Game 1
Posted Jun 24, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM
PHILADELPHIA Rays manager Joe Maddon this morning he’s still unsure of who will pitch Game 2 tonight against the Phillies.
“We’re going to wait to see how the first game plays out and then we’ll make our determination for the second game, but we have to win the first game first and then we’ll see what the bullpen looks like at the end of that,” Maddon said.
Alex Torres, added to the roster for the day/night twin bill made possible by Friday’s rainout, is a possibility to start Game 2, Maddon said. If not, it will be someone who didn’t pitch the first game.
Expect the Rays to do everything to keep Cesar Ramos out of the first game.
A long outing today from David Price in Game 1 will greatly help the Rays for Game 2.
Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup because Maddon wanted to give him a rest and because Philly is starting lefty Cole Hamels, who is tough on right-handers. Jennings is batting .191 since returning from the disabled list. Madden said he has not looked good at the plate.
Here are the lineups: