The Tampa Bay Rays played The Texas Rangers on October 4, 2011. The Rays ended their AL wild-card streak, losing 4-3.
The Tampa Bay Rays play the Texas Rangers for Game 2 in Texas! Final score: 6-8 (Texas)
The Rays beat the New York Yankees to clinch a playoff spot in the 2011 playoffs!
The Rays will be sending their starting outfield on the road, one of the notable elements to Friday's announcement of the team's Grapefruit League opening lineups.
WDAE's Steve Carney had the news first Friday. Ben Zobrist will play right field and lead off the game in Fort Myers against the Red Sox. Desmond Jennings will follow in center and then it's Matt Joyce in left. The rest of the lineup goes DH Jack Cust, 2B Ryan Roberts, 3B Sean Rodriguez, 1B Shelley Duncan, C Jose Lobaton, SS Hak Ju Lee.
Alex Colome will start in the mound contrary to earlier reports that Enny Sanchez starting. Sanchez will pitch in Port Charlotte against Pittsburgh.
Here's the lineup for that game, which airs on WDAE Saturday afternoon: CF Sam Fuld, SS Yunel Escobar, 2B Kelly Johnson, C Jose Molina, DH Luke Scott, 1B James Loney, Wil Myers RF, Chris Giminez 3B, LF Rich Thompson. Roberto Hernandez is the starting pitcher.