Cards and Rays showcasing 50’s night at Tropicana Field

Game two of three between the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays will feature a throw-back wardrobe. Each team will show off a retro uniform from the 1950’s.

The Rays will sport their Tampa Smokers jerseys from ’51 when they were a part of the Florida International League, while the Cardinals will be flashing their road grey jerseys from ’53.

***Cards face one of league’s most intimidating pitchers…There are only three active players who compare with Rays’ starter Jeff Niemann (2-4, 5.58 ERA). At 6-foot-9, the Cardinals will matchup with one of the tallest pitchers in the game.

Niemann will be making his third start since being activated from the disabled list after suffering a strained lower back, and looks to shake off the cobwebs and give his team a win against the Cardinals, who have won four straight.

***McClellan makes first career start against Rays…Kyle McClellan (6-4, 4.02 ERA), the converted starter from reliever will be facing the Rays as a starter for the first time in his career. McClellan saw a glimpse of the Rays in 2008 in a relief appearance, but ultimately blew his first save. After a superb 5-0 start to the season, the right-hander has gone 1-4 over his last seven outings. Despite the latter stat, the Cardinals are 9-5 when McClellan is on the bump.

***Lineups:

Cardinals:

1) Punto, ss

2) Jay, rf

3) Holliday, dh

4) Berkman, lf

5) Freese, 1b

6) Rasmus, cf

7) Molina, c

8) Descaslso, 3b

9) Schumaker, 2b

Rays:

1) Damon, dh

2) Zobrist, 2b

3) Longoria, 3b

4) Joyce, rf

5) Upton, cf

6) Kotchman, 1b

7) Ruggiano, lf

8) Shoppach, c

9) Brignac, ss

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