The Astros have interviewed Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for Houston's managerial position, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reported on Friday.
Martinez has been with the Rays as a coach since 2008, after a playing career that lasted from 1986-2001 (though never with the Astros). Houston began interviewing managerial candidates this week after letting Brad Mills go last month after nearly three years as manager. Tony DeFrancesco has been serving on an interim basis.
With second baseman Ryan Roberts still nursing a bruised left shin and third baseman Evan Longoria needing a day as designated hitter, manager Joe Maddon brought out another shuffled lineup on Friday. He had Elliot Johnson at second, batting ninth, with Carlos Pena hitting eighth. He cited the success of Longoria, B.J. Upton and Jeff Keppinger (playing third) against Yankees starter CC Sabathia as reasons for batting them 3-4-5 in the lineup.
"Just reshuffle the deck shares a little bit, just to see if we can spur it along," Maddon said. "Just giving them a different look. Nothing really thought-provoking at all."
Exiting the series opener, Tampa Bay was 7-for-47 with runners in scoring position over its last seven games and had also scored just 24 runs in seven games (four of them losses) in the Bronx this season.