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Rays Vs. Phillies: Tampa Bay Shuffles Up Their Lineup For Game 1

The Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. This is the second straight interleague series for the Rays, and second in a row where there is no designated hitter.

Taking the mound for the Rays is James Shields who is 7-4 with a 3.72 ERA, and the Phillies are bringing out Cliff Lee who has struggled this year and is 0-3 with a 3.48 ERA.

The Rays are shuffling up their lineup from what they had on Thursday night. Jeff Keppinger is in the at second base and replaces Ben Zobrist who moves to right field. Jose Molina is behind the plate catching in place of Jose Lobaton. Then at third base the Rays have Sean Rodriguez starting Friday night and he will be batting sixth.

Rays lineup:
1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. Carlos Pena 1B
3. B.J. Upton CF
4. Jeff Keppinger 2B
5. Ben Zobrist RF
6. Sean Rodriguez 3B
7. Jose Molina C
8. Elliot Johnson SS
9. James Shields P

Phillies lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Juan Pierre LF
3. Hunter Pence RF
4. Carlos Ruiz C
5. Ty Wigginton 1B
6. Placido Polanco 3B
7. John Mayberry CF
8. Michael Martinez 2B
9. Cliff Lee P

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Phillies throughout this interleague series, visit The Good Phight. Also go visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes from around the Major League.

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