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.
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...
-- JOE SMITH