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Rays Vs. Rangers: Evan Longoria Starting At Third Base

Evan Longoria returns to his defensive home on Tuesday night, as the Tampa Bay Rays look to even up a three-game series against the AL West leading Texas Rangers.

Longoria has spent most of his time serving as Tampa Bay's designated hitter since returning from the disabled list, as the Rays ease the All-Star third baseman back into the lineup.

With the right hander Yu Darvish on the mound, Joe Maddon has elected to put Longoria at third base so that Luke Scott can serve as Tampa Bay's designated hitter.

Both Maddon and Rangers manager Ron Washington have released the starting lineups, and they are as follows:

Tampa Bay Rays

LF Desmond Jennings
CF B.J. Upton
RF Matt Joyce
3B Evan Longoria
SS Ben Zobrist
DH Luke Scott
1B Carlos Pena
2B Ryan Roberts
C Jose Lobaton

SP James Shields

Texas Rangers

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
DH Michael Young
LF David Murphy
C Geovany Soto
1B Mitch Moreland

SP Yu Darvish

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