Here is the lineup for game one with a new face leading off and Matt Joyce in against the lefty…

  1. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  2. BJ Upton, CF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  5. Johnny Damon, DH
  6. Kelly Shoppach, C
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Desmond Jennings, LF
  9. Matt Joyce, RF

We will update this post once we have the Rangers lineup.



  1. Michael says:

    That could be the most stacked 7-9 ever.

    Apparently whatever they were smoking last night to tap Matt Moore is still kicking

    That's fine

    This is great

    If we win this game then we're in business.

  2. Ali says:

    This article made me real mad. An article on no less taking a jab at the Trop. Come on. Just thought I'd share it with you guys.

  3. angrybuddha says:

    Maddon used, what 130 lineups this year? And he trots out a crazy new one for Game 1. Did Rodriguez ever lead off this season?


    Of course, I'm not actually questioning. We got here. He got us here. Go Joe. All faith in Joe.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Rodriguez hit lead-off three times, but not since June.

      In May, he went 0-5 vs the O's. In back-to-back games against the Brewers and Astros, he went 0-3 with a walk, and 3-4.

  4. Tim says:

    Maybe they are going for the WTF factor to get into Wilson's head cuz WTF is this lineup ?

  5. Ken Heller says:

    Many will question this line up and that's just fine. Rays fans are used to negative scrutiny. All year long our stadium, our fans, our manager, our players and our area have been bashed by most if not all media outlets and all the Rays haters out there.
    I've read that many now suggest that the Yanks tanked the three game series. Really? I'm certain that all Yankee players and fans would have preferred to face the Blow Sox down the line than us if truth be told. Why didn't Rivera pitch? C'mon, a line drive off the knee and the Yanks chances are seriously diminished. Why do playoff guaranteed NFL teams start scrubs in week 17? The Yanks had no obligation to their hated rivals to do what they couldn't, beat the Rays. Yet they played us with spirit and fire.
    Sox fans, your self righteous indignation needs to be redirected. You lost. Rays won.
    Go Rays.

  6. Steve says:

    Yeah that crazy Joe, what a stupid lineup. Matt Moore and 9 runs later and Rays are in the drivers seat with top 3 pitchers going and home field advantage. GO RAYS!


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