All-Star Sunday at the Trop

The lingering question this afternoon, as the Rays prepare to host the Royals for a 1:40 matinee, will be which Ray - or Ray(s) - make the All-Star team, which will be announced around 2 p.m.

Navarro400 Will C Dioner Navarro (at right in photo) get his first all-star invite? Might ace Scott Kazmir also join him? Manager Joe Maddon said in his pre-game chat that he knows, but couldn't reveal it.

In the meantime, Tampa Bay will go for three straight against the Royals today (view photo gallery) in a Sunday matinee at the Trop. Navarro was given the day off, with backup C Shawn Riggans in the lineup. So is Willy Aybar (at first base), and Gabe Gross (in rightfield). Maddon said he just wanted to give those guys a chance to get back into it, having all been successful in their fill-in stints before. Pena is still DH, but Maddon wanted to give him a day off throwing the ball to give his left index finger (which was fractured last month) a break.

*In pre-game medical news, RHP Al Reyes said he will begin a rehab assignment in Vero Beach, pitching Tuesday and Thursday, then after two days off, pitching back-to-back days (Sunday and Monday). At that point, he'll likely be re-evaluated.

The Royals have switched up their lineup a bit, with the Rays lineup coming soon...

RAYS

Iwamura, 2b

Crawford, lf

Upton, cf

Pena, dh

Longoria, 3b

Aybar, 1b

Zobrist, ss

Gross, rf

Riggans, c

Shields, P

ROYALS
Gathright, cf

Grudzielanek, 2b

DeJesus, lf

Guillen, dh

Teahen, rf

GLoad, 1b

Buck, c

German, 3b

Pena, ss

Hochevar, p

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:36am]

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