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After a week of being depleted by injuries, the Rays are getting some reinforcements. 3B Sean Burroughs was activated off the disabled list and was available for Friday's game. Manager Joe Maddon sounded like he will ease Burroughs back into action, planning to use him primarily as a pinch-hitter and late-inning defensive replacement, though he said he may start him at times at third. For now, Ty Wigginton will get most of the playing times at third while Aubrey Huff recovers from his left knee sprain.

Nick Green got a second straight day off, with Tomas Perez starting again at shortstop. The rest of the lineup has Carl Crawford in left, Jorge Cantu at second, Travis Lee at first, Jonny Gomes at DH, Russell Branyan in right, Wigginton at third, Toby Hall catching, Perez at short and Joey Gathright in center. Lee moved up to the No. 3 spot because he is swinging a hot bat.

Despite the disappointment of Thursday's loss, the Rays seemed in decent spirits Friday, as Maddon promised they would. Basically, his view of the game-changing home run of Dan Miceli was simply this: ""It happens.''

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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