Rays @ Dodgers August 10, 2013: Nothing But Wins

August 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Still haven’t quite wrapped your head around last night’s crazy comeback victory? Yeah, me neither. It’s not just the unbelievable ninth inning, either, that ended up with the team’s eleventh consecutive victory in one-run games (h/t Jon Weisman). It’s the fact that a tired team that rolled out nearly their entire bench and their fifth (arguably sixth) starter against Tampa Bay ace — and future Dodger? — David Price managed to somehow turn what looked to be a punt into a victory.

Coming off that, Zack Greinke has most of the regulars behind him as the Dodgers attempt to win their 147th series in a row*. (*may not be accurate, but feels about right, no?) Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and A.J. Ellis all return to the lineup, pushing Yasiel Puig back to right field where he probably belongs. No Hanley Ramirez once again, though he did pinch-hit last night without incident and may be ready to return to the lineup tomorrow.

Rays
Dodgers
2B
Zobrist
LF
Crawford
RF
Joyce
SS
Punto
3B
Longoria
1B
Gonzalez
CF
Myers
RF
Puig
1B
Loney
CF
Ethier
SS
Escobar
3B
Uribe
LF
Johnson
2B
Schumaker
C
Molina
C
A.Ellis
P
Hernandez
P
Greinke

The Rays counter with Roberto Hernandez, and no, that’s not the same Dodger reliever who infuriated me during a brief live blog six (!) years ago — (six? really?) — it’s the former Cleveland starter once known as Fausto Carmona. While Puig slides back to right, Wil Myers stays in center field; according to the Rays, last night was the first time since Ralph Kiner and Marv Rickert in 1946 that a game featured two rookies playing center and hitting cleanup.

Remember, today’s game is on “big FOX”, though the coverage map is pretty good, with the game being broadcast in what looks to be about 80% of the country. Unfortunately, there’s a sizable amount of Dodger fans in the Bay Area, and you’ll be stuck with the Halloween nightmare that is Orioles at Giants.

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