Mariners vs. Rays Starting Lineups: Justin Smoak Unfortunately Back In the Lineup

Justin Smoak is back in the starting line-up for better or for worse as Mike Carp was sent back to the DL with a strained groin. Smoak was optioned down to AAA Tacoma on July 24th after a 16 at-bat hitless streak brought his OPS to a paltry .573.

Smoak wasn't exactly lighting up AAA pitching, only going .242/.390/.364 in 20 games, but the increase on the OBP and reports of a tweaked swing leave some hope left in Smoak - or something like that.

01. Dustin Ackley, 2B

02. Trayvon Robinson, RF

03. Jesus Montero, DH

04. Kyle Seager, 3B

05. Casper Wells, CF

06. Justin Smoak, 1B

07. Miguel Olivo, C

08. Eric Thames, LF

09. Brendan Ryan, SS

Kevin Millwood takes the mound with hopes of erasing his last disastrous start against Baltimore off the mind. Millwood went four innings in that effort, giving up seven earned runs - including two home runs. Millwood is 4-10 with a 4.38 ERA on the year.

Evan Longoria is back in the line-up for the Rays after getting a day off following six straight games played since returning from the DL.

01. Desmond Jennings, LF

02. B.J. Upton, CF

03. Matt Joyce, RF

04. Evan Longoria, DH

05. Ben Zobrist, SS

06. Jeff Keppinger, 3B

07. Carlos Pena, 1B

08. Ryan Roberts, 2B

09. Jose Molina, C

Matt Moore takes to the mound for the Rays, looking to continue his own personal win streak to four games. In the past three outings, Moore has gone 17.2 IP with only one earned run while striking out 18.

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