by Steve Carney
The Tampa Bay Rays open up a three-game series against the San Diego Padres Friday, with Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.79 ERA) taking on Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.50 ERA).
Rays Starting Lineup
Padres Starting Lineup
JENNINGS SITS WITH SORE GROIN: Manager Joe Maddon said before Friday's game that outfielder Desmond Jennings would not start Friday and could possibly not start Saturday as well, as he is dealing with a sore groin.
"Playing on our turf a lot, you have to be careful with him," Maddon said. "All of our speed guys have had it in the past. I always try to be vigilant with them with their legs, especially at home."
Maddon did say he is available to play if needed.