April 2010

Rays Friday Night Lineup

Here’s the Rays’ starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the Royals:

Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, RF
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Burrell, DH
Jaso, C
Rodriguez, 2B
Niemann, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Tonight’s Rays Lineup

Here’s the Rays’ lineup for Wednesday night against Oakland:

Barltett, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, 2B
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Aybar, DH
Kapler, RF
Jaso, C
Shields, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Today’s Lineup

Here’s the Rays’ starting lineup for Sunday against the Blue Jays:

Brignac, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, RF
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Burrell, DH
Jaso, C
Rodriguez, 2B
Price, LHP

–Bill Chastain

Today’s Lineup

Here’s today’s Rays lineup:

Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, 2B
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Aybar, DH
Kapler, RF
Jaso, C
Niemann, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Tonight’s Lineup

Here’s the Rays’ lineup for Friday night:

Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, 2B
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Aybar, DH
Navarro, C
Kapler, RF
Garza, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Zobrist Off, Rodriguez On

Wednesday night’s lineup includes Sean Rodriguez at second base and Ben Zobrist has the night off, a move Joe Maddon explained by noting that he felt giving Zobrist a night off might help him out a little bit.

Maddon feels that Zobrist has been expanding his strike zone. He also wants to get Rodriguez back in the lineup. Even though Rodriguez started the season slowly, Maddon still believes in his bat and would like to get him on track.

–Bill Chastain

Rays Lineup for Wednesday Night’s Game

Here’s the Rays’ lineup for tonight’s game against the White Sox:

Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Burrell, DH
Kapler, RF
Navarro, C
Rodriguez, 2B
Davis, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Sunshine

The Rays are looking at something they haven’t seen in several days: Sunshine.

Patriots Day in Boston brought out the sun for the 11 a.m. start. Wednesday’s game against the Orioles was the last time the Rays saw sunshine. Since then it’s been all about dealing with cold and rain.

–Bill Chastain

Today’s Lineup

Here’s the Rays’ starting lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Red Sox:

Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, 2B
Longoria, 3B
Pena, 1B
Upton, CF
Aybar, DH
Navarro, C
Kapler, RF
Garza, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Heading into the Suspended Game

Joe Maddon said the strategy for playing the suspended game is to use all of his resources in an effort to win the game.

“You put all of your focus on this game then react to the second game,” Maddon said.

The Rays have burned relievers Randy Choate, Dan Wheeler and Grant Balfour in the first eight and a half innings of the game and Lance Cormier will start the bottom of the ninth, which leaves everybody else in the bullpen available for duty.

Also, in a significant development, there’s some question whether Jonathan Papelbon will be available at all tonight since he and his wife celebrated the birth of a son on Saturday.

–Bill Chastain

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