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Rays Vs. Jays Game Two Lineups

The Rays will trot out a hybrid version of their anti-lefty-pitcher lineup today. The lineup per

Zobrist, B, RF
Damon, J, DH
Longoria, E, 3B
Joyce, M, LF
Upton, B, CF
Johnson, D, 1B
Rodriguez, S, 2B
Brignac, R, SS
Shoppach, K, C

The Rays typical anti-LHP lineup -- or at least the version the Rays started the year with -- did not originally feature Matt Joyce. However, Joyce, who hit his seventh homer yesterday, has staked a claim on extra playing time with his loud bat. He faces a legitimate test today, though, facing elite lefty Ricky Romero.

Some more wrinkles and notes concerning the lineup:

  • Reid Brignac, who sat two straight games in favor of Elliot Johnson, gets the start tonight. Reid, a left, may see less playing time against LHPs in the future, as the Rays use the switch-hitting Johnson to take some of the pressure off the struggling Brignac.
  • Ben Zobrist will be leading off tonight, playing right field. Zobrist has made some excellent defensive plays this year as well as punish some fastballs. Sam Fuld, who's been on a long cold streak, gets the night off and Zobrist will his best to save his homers for when players are on base.
  • Dan Johnson gets another start, as he has taken the lefty-only side of the first base platoon. However, Casey Kotchman is struggling mightily, so a few good games from Johnson could help him snatch more playing time.

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