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Game Preview: Friday (5/5) at Oakland

RAYS (11-18) at Oakland (15-13)
10:05; Oakland Coliseum
NO TV; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Pitching Matchup:

RAYS-LH Scott Kazmir (3-2, 3.72)

OAK-RH Joe Blanton (3-2, 6.14)

Lineups

RAYS
SS Julio Lugo
LF Carl Crawford
DH Jonny Gomes
3B Aubrey Huff
C Toby Hall
2B Ty Wigginton
1B Travis Lee
RF Damon Hollins
CF Joey Gathright

Oakland
2B Mark Ellis
CF Mark Kotsay
SS Bobby Crosby
3B Eric Chavez
DH Frank Thomas
LF Jay Payton
1B Nick Swisher
C Jason Kendall
RF Bobby Kielty

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-at Oakland, 4:05 (McClung)

Sunday-at Oakland, 4:05 (Hendrickson)

Monday-OFF

I will survive..............

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RAYS (11-18) at Oakland (15-13)
10:05; Oakland Coliseum
NO TV; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Pitching Matchup

Breakdown

RAYS-LH Scott Kazmir (3-2, 3.72):

Scouting Report: Kazmir looked dominating Sunday in a seven-inning performance against the Red Sox that saw the left-hander allow just one earned run while striking out seven and walking just one in a 5-4 Rays win. Kazmir is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in three appearances against the A's.

This Season: 36.1 IP, 6/6 G/GS, 3-2, 3.72 ERA, 35:15 K/BB, 1.51 WHIP

Career: 255.2 IP, 46/45 G/GS, 15-14, 4.01 ERA, 250:136 K/BB, 1.49 WHIP

Last Start: vs BOS-7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), HR, 1 BB, 10 K

Last Start vs OAK: Has not faced OAK this season

All-Time vs OAK: 16 IP, 3 G/GS, 1-0, 3.94 ERA, 11:7 K/BB, 1.63 WHIP

Batter v Pitcher:
Bobby Kielty: 7 ABs, 1.625 OPS, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Bobby Crosby: 5 ABs, 1.000 OPS, 2B
Marco Scutaro: 4 ABs, 1.250 OPS

OAK-RH Joe Blanton (3-2, 6.14):

Scouting Report-Blanton picked up a win in a Sunday start, despite walking a career high five batters in five innings. He allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits, including a three-run homer. Blanton has walked 12 and allowed 37 hits in 29 1/3 innings in his five starts. All three of his wins have been on the road. He has made just one home start, allowing 10 hits and eight runs, seven earned, in an 11-4 loss to the Tigers on April 19.

This Season: 29.1 IP, 5/5 G/GS, 3-2, 6.14 ERA, 19:12 K/BB, 1.67 WHIP

Career: 238.2 IP, 41/38 G/GS, 15-14, 3.92 ERA, 141:81 K/BB, 1.27 WHIP

Last Start: at KC-5 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), HR, 5 BB, 4 K

Last Start vs RAYS: Has not started vs RAYS this season.

All-Time vs RAYS: 10 IP, 3/3 G/GS, 0-1, 11.70 ERA, 4:5 K/BB, 2.20 WHIP

Batter v Pitcher:
Carl Crawford-7 ABs, .857 OPS, 3B, K
Travis Lee-6 ABs, 1.000 OPS, 2 2B, RBI
Julio Lugo-6 ABs, 1.667 OPS, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Jorge Cantu 5 ABs, 1.600 OPS, 2B, HR, 3 RBI  
Aubrey Huff 4 ABs, .900 OPS, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Damon Hollins 3 ABs, 2.333 OPS, HR, 2 RBI


[Scouting ReportsDevilRays.com]
[Splits-Yahoo Sports]
[Batter v Pitcher-ESPN.com]  

Lineups

RAYS
SS Julio Lugo
LF Carl Crawford
DH Jonny Gomes
3B Aubrey Huff
C Toby Hall
2B Ty Wigginton
1B Travis Lee
RF Damon Hollins
CF Joey Gathright

-Ah it is so good to see familiar faces back in the lineup. Gone are the days of Tomas Perez and Russell batting second and Carl Crawford and Joey Gathright leading off. We finally have a top of the order that makes sense, as it should be. Though I would probably start Huff lower, this is a decent lineup. I'd probably flip Huff and Wigginton, and swap Lee and Hollins, but I am too giddy over Huff and Lugo coming back to complain about small things like that.  

Oakland
2B Mark Ellis
CF Mark Kotsay
SS Bobby Crosby
3B Eric Chavez
DH Frank Thomas
LF Jay Payton
1B Nick Swisher
C Jason Kendall
RF Bobby Kielty

-Oakland sends out a strong lineup today. The top five in this order are a strong fivesome. Add in an improved Nick Swisher and Jason Kendall batting seventh and eighth, and you can see why they are my World Series pick. As soon as their pitchers get healthy and come around, this will be a team to fear.

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-at Oakland, 4:05 (McClung)

Sunday-at Oakland, 4:05 (Hendrickson)

Monday-OFF

I will survive..............

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!