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For starters: A DH day for Longoria as Rays face Red Sox



UPDATE, 12:46: Longoria said he was looking for a day to get off his feet and went to Cash, and they agreed today was the best day as they were facing a lefty. .... Whitley will be available in long relief today and, if not used, presumably tomorrow, then the Rays will decide whether on a plan to replace Odorizzi on Thursday, with either Whitley, Erasmo Ramirez or a call-up. Cash did say Ramirez would be a leading candidate. ... Cash said there was no update on OF Colby Rasmus. ... As for playing Dickerson, Cash said he didn't want him to be out of the lineup for two straight days as he has been swinging the bat well. ... The Rays are 8-3 on Easter. ... The Rays lead the majors with 125 strikeouts.

DEVELOPING: The Rays continue their four-game Marathon weekend series with the Red Sox today, first pitch on Easter Sunday at 1:35.

Evan Longoria gets a DH day as the Rays made several changes to their right-handed lineup vs. Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz. Most notable is that lefty Corey Dickerson - who is 0-for-8 vs. Pomeranz - is in the lineup playing LF rather than rigthy-swinging Peter Bourjos.

Also, with Longoria at DH, rookie Daniel Robertson makes his first start at 3B.

Two roster notes:

* RHP Chase Whitley joins the team to add a fresh arm in the bullpen as RHP Jake Odorizzi (hamstring tightness) was placed on the DL.

* Top pitching prospect RHP Brent Honeywell was promoted to Triple-A Durham from Double-A to take the place of RHP Taylor Guerrieri, who was placed on the minor-league DL awaiting further evaluation of his elbow injury.

Here is the Rays lineup, with Alex Cobb looking for a third straight solid start in his comeback season:
Souza rf,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria dh,
Miller 2b,
Weeks 1b,
Dickerson lf,
Robertson 3b.
Sucre c,
Beckham ss,
Cobb p

And here is the Red Sox lineup:
Pedroia 2B,
Benintendi CF,
Betts RF,
Ramirez DH,
Moreland 1B,
Bogaerts SS,
Sandoval 3B,
Young LF,
Vazquez C,
Pomeranz P

[Last modified: Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:50pm]


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