Rays lineup and Scott quotes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Third baseman Evan Longoria is out of the Rays’ lineup after leaving last night’s game with a strained oblique. Zach Britton must be smiling.

For the Rays:
B.J. Upton CF
Johnny Damon LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Manny Ramirez DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Elliot Johnson SS
Dan Johnson 1B
Sam Fuld RF

Wade Davis RHP

Luke Scott told reporters this morning that he felt some tightness in his groin over the last few days, but it worsened last night as he left the batter’s box on a ground ball in the seventh inning. Scott beat the relay throw to avoid the double play, and Felix Pie pinch-ran for him.

“Just some tightness in my groin, and yesterday when I was running, it just kept getting tighter and tighter throughout the game,” Scott said. “Richie (Bancells) took a look at it. There’s no divots or anything like that, no pulled muscle. It’s just kind of strained a little bit.”

“I’m hoping it’ll just be a couple days, a day or two. I played on it the last few days. Last year, when I did my hamstring, I felt a pop, I felt it pull. This just kept getting tighter and tighter and locked up.

“Walking around, it doesn’t really bother me. When I feel it is when I start putting some effort into running.”

Scott doesn’t expect to play in tomorrow’s home opener, which is a huge disappointment for him.

“It’ll be real tough, but adversity comes,” he said. “No one is a stranger to it. It’s frustrating, but you just keep going, have a good attitude, work hard, do what you can. Whatever you have control over, do it to the best of your ability. That’s all you can do.

“I’m hoping Wednesday. I’ll take a few days off and try to get it right.”

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