Game 112: Rays vs Milwaukee Brewers — Pregame News and Notes

Updated 3:40 pm After a 2–0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Rays will look to bounce back tonight. Tampa Bay (57–54) dropped the opening game yesterday of a nine-game home stand. Milwaukee (58–53) is tied with Chicago for their division lead.

The Rays lineup has Logan Morrison back at first base for the first time since July 27th, after missing time in the field with a bruised left heel:

Dickerson LF

Duda DH

Longoria 3B

Morrison 1B

Souza Jr RF

Miller 2B

Hechavarria SS

Smith CF

Sucre C

With yesterday’s loss, the Rays fell 4.5 games behind Boston in the AL East. Tampa Bay is still a half game back of Kansas City for the last playoff spot, and 1.5 behind New York for the top wild card.

Alex Cobb (9–7 3.89) starts for the Rays after arguably his toughest outing of the season. Cobb gave up eight runs in three innings against Houston in a 14–7 defeat.

Here’s the lineup Cobb will face:

Thames DH

Santana RF

Braun LF

Shaw 3B

Aguilar 1B

Pina C

Sogard 2B

Broxton CF

Arcia SS

The Brewers will start Zach Davies (12–5 4.42). The righty has benefited from strong run support, as Milwaukee has scored eight or more runs in six of his starts. Davies has pitched well lately, going seven or more innings and allowing three or fewer runs in each of his last three starts. He has not made an interleague start this year. Davies has been much better on the road, as he has a 2.80 ERA away from Miller Park. The Brewers lineup is the following:

In yesterday’s game Jose Alvarado had an immaculate ninth inning, striking out the side on nine pitches. He’s the third player to do in franchise history, joining Brad Boxberger (2014) and Rafael Soriano (2010).

Jake Odorizzi made a rehab start for the Rays last night, going three innings in Dunedin for the Stone Crabs. Odorizzi allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six. Odorizzi said his back felt great, and Kevin Cash says the righty will return to the rotation on Wednesday against Boston with Austin Pruitt starting Tuesday’s contest.

Here’s what else happened in the Rays system:

Durham (69–42) fell 4–3 in 10 at Orioles affiliate Norfolk. Yonny Chirinos allowed two runs in six innings, and Jake Bauers was 4-for-5 with two RBI.

Montgomery (23–17, 60–50) was rained out at Mobile.

Charlotte (22–18, 53–55) —lost 3–2 at Blue Jays affiliate Dunedin. In addition to Odorizzi, Jonny Venters had a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Jose De Leon went four innings, allowing a run on five hits, walking four while striking out four.

Bowling Green (25–15, 56–51) defeated South Bend 3–0. Adrian Rondon had two hits, including a two-run homer.

Hudson Valley (21–23) won 11–10 at Red Sox affiliate Lowell. Vidal Brujan had three hits, an RBI and a run scored.

Princeton (15–27) lost 4–2 to Johnson City.

GCL (13–21) dropped a 10–2 game to the Orioles.

Coverage of today’s Ray game begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Rays Radio Network, and Dave and Andy will have the call with first pitch at 6:10.