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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 vs Yankees: lineups

Posted Apr 18, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays hand Erik Bedard the ball tonight in hopes the veteran left-hander can help pull the team out of their four-game losing streak.

Bedard, who pitched in relief Sunday, is making his first start since join the organization this season on a minor league deal. Bedard had made 225 career starts. He was 4-12 last season with Houston.

CF Desmond Jennings is not in tonight’s lineup. Manager Joe Maddon said Jennings legs are sore and he wants to give them a break from the Trop’s AstroTurf.

The Rays face RHP Hiroki Kuroda, who is 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA in five career starts against the Rays.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Solarte 2B
Johnson 1B
Sizemore 3B
Suzuki RF

Kuroda RHP (2-1, 3.86)

RAYS
DeJesus CF
Zobrist 2B
Joyce LF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Myers RF
Forsythe DH
Escobar SS
Hanigan C

Bedard LHP (0-0, 0.00)


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Rays @ O’s: Brrrrrrrrrr

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

ROGER MOONEY
BALTIMORE – The Rays and Orioles conclude this rain-shorten series this afternoon on a chilly day in the Inner Harbor. More football weather than baseball weather.

In fact, the Orioles grounds crew had to chip ice off the tarp before uncovering the field this morning.

The high today is supposed to be 51, but the wind chill will make it feel much colder. Forget it if your seat is in the shade.

The teams might be playing a doubleheader today if O’s manager Buck Showalter had his way. Before Tuesday’s game was rained out, Showalter told the O’s writers, “I think our guys are mature enough to understand there’s a price to pay for doubleheaders, especially when they are put off until August.”

When told of Buck’s thoughts, Rays manager Joe Maddon said, “We’d be much more mature if we had a day off.”

The Orioles are off Thursday.

Maddon also said it rained so much Tuesday even the mailman would have taken off.

Before today’s game Showalter admitted a doubleheader today would not have been a good idea since a number of is players are fighting the flu.

No word yet on when the rainout will be rescheduled.

Looking ahead, Maddon announced the rotation for the four-game series with the Yankees that begins Thursday: David Price, Erik Bedard, Chris Archer, Cesar Ramos.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Myers RF
Joyce DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Jennings CF
DeJesus LF
Escobar SS
Molina C

Odorizzi P

O’s
Markasis RF
Cruz DH
Davis 1B
Jones CF
Wieters C
Hardy SS
Lough LF
Lombardozzi 2B
Flaherty 2B
Flaherty 3B

Gonzalez P


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Rays @ O’s: Lineups

Posted Apr 14, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 03:32 PM

ROGER MOONEY
BALTIMORE – The Rays begin a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards against the Orioles, who dropped two of three over the weekend to the Blue Jays.

Right-hander Brad Boxberger was recalled today to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. He replaces lefty Jeff Beliveau, who was recalled and optioned Sunday, working a perfect inning in between during the Rays 12-4 loss to the Reds in Cinciannti.

Rays manager Joe Maddon is going with a nearly all-right-handed lineup against Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen. The only lefty bat is first baseman James Loney.

Maddon is also batting Evan Longoria and Wil Myers back-to-back like he did Sunday. Maddon said Sunday that was a one-day only move, but Longoria was hitting third and Myers fourth. Tonight Longoria is fourth and Myers fifth.

Maddon also wants Brandon Guyer in the lineup since two of Guyer’s career home runs have come at Camden Yards. He and his wife, Lindsay, live an hour away from Baltimore.

From the defying logic department: The Rays are 3-0 in their last five games when scoring two or fewer runs and 0-2 when scoring three or more.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Zobrist 2B
Jennings CF
Forsythe DH
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Loney 1B
Guyer LF
Escobar SS
Hanigan C

Archer P


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Rays @ Reds: Kiermaier starts, Myers, Jennings sit

Posted Apr 12, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

ROGER MOONEY
CINCINNATI – The Rays and Reds are back at it today for a Saturday matinee on the banks of the Ohio River.

Kevin Kiermaier makes his first big league start. He’ll play center field in place of Desmond Jennings. Also, Matt Joyce and his hot bat is in right field in place the slumping Wil Myers.

Alex Cobb looks for his first win of the season.

Here is the Rays lineup:

DeJesus LF
Zobrist 2B
Joyce RF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Kiermaier CF
Escobar SS
Hanigan C
Cobb P


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Rays @ Royals: Trip begins in unfriendly Kauffman Stadium

Posted Apr 7, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 06:02 PM

ROGER MOONEY
KANSAS CITY – The Rays return to Kauffman Stadium, which has been their Waterloo of late.

The Rays have lost straight games on the road vs. the Royals and were 1-6 against them overall last season.

The good news, former Ray Elliot Johnson won’t be here to torment his old club. He’s now with the Indians.

Matt Moore gets the ball tonight. He was a hard luck loser in his first start of the season after allowing just two runs in 5 2/3 innings against Toronto. Problem was, Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle struck out 11 and nearly pitched a shutout.

There are four former Royals on the Rays roster – RHP Joel Peralta, OF David DeJesus, OF Wil Myers and RHP Jake Odorizzi.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS
Jennings CF
Myers RF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Forsythe DH
Longoria 1B
Rodriguez LF
Hanigan C
Escobar SS

Moore LHP

ROYALS
Aoki RF
Infante 2B
Hosmer 1B
Butler DH
Gordon LF
Perez C
Moustakas 3B
Cain CF
Escobar SS

Vargas LHP


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