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Cobb Looks To Go Deeper Against Jays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look for a second straight victory over the Toronto Blue Jays to complete a series victory, as Alex Cobb (2-2, 3.86 ERA) takes on Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.38 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Dickerson DH

Miller 2B

Longoria 3B

Morrison 1B

Souza RF

Rasmus LF

Robertson SS

Kiermaier CF

Sucre C


Blue Jays Starting Lineup

Pillar CF

Bautista RF

Martin C

Morales DH

Smoak 1B

Pearce LF

Travis 2B

Goins SS

Barney 3B


COBB LOOKS FOR STARTER TO GO DEEPER: Cobb said before his start that this stretch of 20 straight days playing as part of 34 games in 35 days will test the starting rotation's abilities to go deep in ballgames in order to help preserve the bullpen.

"I don't think that 6 [innings] is a mark that we're setting for ourselves as an accomplishment," Cobb said.  "It's a usable number, but it's not something that's going to give us sustained success when we have a stretch like this.  We have to be able to go to guys that we want to go to in certain situations, not guys that we need to [in order] to cover innings."

The Rays bullpen is one of the most used already in the American League, and the right-hander believes the rotation plays a major factor in trying to keep their arms fresh.

"As starters we have the ability to set that tone, and get it to our back end of the guys with hopefully a comfortable lead, and that's our goal when we go out," Cobb said.  "We'll take six, but we're not happy with it.  Anything less is us not doing our job.  The goal is seven, at least, and hopefully, we'll be able to get a consistent week or two until we have that off day [May 18] of starters going deep."

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