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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 @ 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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Rays v Rangers: Lineups

Posted Apr 4, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 05:33 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays begin a three-game, weekend series tonight with the visiting Rangers.

Sean Rodriguez returned to the team today after missing Thursday’s win against the Blue Jays because of the birth and he and Giselle’s fourth child – a baby boy they named Zekial Cruz. He was born Thursday afternoon, and came in at 9 pounds, 24 ¼ inches.

Joe Maddon is using an all right-handed lineup tonight against Rangers lefty Joe Saunders.

Jake Odorizzi makes his first start of the season for the Rays.

Here are the lineups:

RANGERS
Choo LF
Andrus SS
Fielder 1B
Beltre 3B
Rios RF
Moreland DH
Murphy 2B
Martin CF
Arencibia C

Saunders LHP

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

Odorizzi RHP


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Rays v Jays: DeJesus returns, Myers scratched with flu-like symptoms

Posted Apr 3, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 05:49 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays need a win tonight to avoid losing a home series to the Blue Jays for the first time April 2007. The Rays are 19-0-1 against Jays since then, including a three-game sweep at Disney in April 2008.

David DeJesus returns to the lineup after missing the last two games with a bruised right foot. He was originally played left field but has been moved to DH. Matt Joyce, originally the DH, is back in left field.

Wil Myers was scratched after batting practice with flu-like symptoms.

The Rays offense has struggled after Monday’s 9-2. They have yet to hit a home run during the first three games of the season for the first time in franchise history. And they are 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position during the past two games, both losses.

UTL Sean Rodriguez could miss tonight’s game if his wife gives birth to their fourth child. Rodriguez is not with the team, and the Rays could place him on paternity leave and call up a player from Triple A Durham.

Chris Archer makes his first start of the season tonight and the first since he signed his big contract Wednesday. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he doesn’t believe the pressure of the six-year deal with $25.5 million guaranteed will have a negative impact on Archer.

Here are the lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Cabrera LF
Rasmus CF
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Lind 1B
Navarro C
Lawrie 3B
Izturis 2B
Gions SS

Morrow RHP

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

Archer RHP


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