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For starters: Wild-card holding Rays at Blue Jays, with no Tim Beckham again

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.


Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.



UPDATE, 6:15: Beckham said he was feeling "a lot better" today, and Cash said he was moving around much better after receiving medicine and treatment, with the expectation he will return to action this weekend in Detroit. ... RHP Diego Moreno was to start a rehab tonight with Triplel-A Durham but got to Columbus and told the staff there his shoulder was still not right so he is on hold. ..., C Wilson Ramos (knee) and RHP Brad Boxberger are expected to play for Durham tonight. .. Cash said he went with Bourjos at the top of the lineup tonight based on him getting some good swings against Liriano.

Jays lineup:
Kevin Pillar cf
Josh Donaldson 3b
Jose Bautista rf
Kendrys Morales dh
Justin Smoak 1b
Troy Tulowitzki ss
Russell Martin c
Dwight Smith Jr. lf
Ryan Goins 2b
Liriano p

DEVELOPING: After grabbing on to the second wild-card spot in the AL with Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Blue Jays, the Rays look to get to a season-high four games over .500 when they wrap this two-game series with the Blue Jays tonight.

The Rays will be again without SS Tim Beckham, who sat out Tuesday with a sore right knee. That's even a bigger deal tonight with the Jays starting a lefty.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Bourjos lf,
Dickerson dh,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Smith cf,
Robertson ss,
Norris c,
Featherston 2b,
Odorizzi p

RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, looking to build on his last outing, when he worked into the seventh Thursday in beating White Sox, his longest outing in a month.

The Jays are starting LHP Francisco Liriano, who has made two five-inning starts (10 hits, five runs) since spending three weeks on DL for shoulder issue. This is his fourth time facing Rays this season, 1-0, 9.00 thus far.



[Last modified: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:18pm]


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