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Bartlett gets day off, Navarro still out



Update 5:05 pm The Rays look to guarantee their first-ever winning record with their 82nd victory of the season tonight against the Orioles, and former teammate Aubrey Huff.

Not only is C Dioner Navarro again out of the lineup, but so is SS Jason Bartlett. Navarro, who has missed two straight games with sore hamstrings, felt a lot better today (taking batting practice and running the bases) and could be back in the lineup Saturday.

As for Bartlett, manager Joe Maddon said the shortstop isn't hurt, he just wanted to give him a day off this weekend, and would rather have it against the RHP Jeremy Guthrie than the two left-handers the Orioles will throw the next two days; Bartlett will be back in the lineup Saturday, when Orioles LHP Chris Waters will start in replace of RHP Daniel Cabrera. Maddon said he just wanted to be mindful of the right knee Bartlett sprained earlier this season, and with days off today and the team day off Monday, he should be good to go.

The lineup:
Iwamura, 2b
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Floyd, dh
Aybar, 3b
Hinske, lf
Zobrist, ss
Gross, rf
Riggans, c
Kazmir, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:38am]


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