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

Joyce LF
Roberts 2B
Zobrist RF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Scott DH
Fuld CF
Lobaton C
Escobar SS

Padres Starting Lineup

Cabrera SS
Venable CF
Headley 3B
Quentin DH
Alonso 1B
Gyorko 2B
Blanks LF
Denorfia RF
Hundley C

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.