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Rays vs. Red Sox lineups: Alex Cobb takes the mound for Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Rays are wrapping up their brief two-game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Rays will be sending Alex Cobb to the mound in hopes of keeping their American League wild card hopes alive. Currently Tampa Bay is three games out of both the first and second wild card spot.

Cobb is getting his second straight start against the Red Sox, he pitched last week and lasted six innings. He earned the loss but he gave up only two hits and three earned runs. He will just need some offense to back him up.

The Rays are making a few lineup changes on Wednesday with Jeff Keppinger taking the designated hitter spot after playing at second base on Tuesday. Ryan Roberts replaces Keppinger at second base and will be batting fifth.

Rays lineup:
1. Desmond Jennings RF
2. B.J. Upton CF
3. Ben Zobrist SS
4. Evan Longoria 3B
5. Jeff Keppinger DH
6. Carlos Pena 1B
7. Ben Francisco LF
8. Ryan Roberts 2B
9. Jose Lobaton C
Alex Cobb P

Red Sox lineup:
1. Pedro Ciriaco 3B
2. Scott Podsednik CF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Cody Ross RF
5. James Loney 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Ryan Lavarnway DH
8. Daniel Nava LF
9. Jose Iglesias SS
Jon Lester P

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