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Principal owner Stuart Sternberg took the train down from New York and arrived shortly after 6, saying he was pleased with how the team has been playing and feels they have the pieces - once all players return from injury - to win "a bunch of ballgames.''

No major news from manager Joe Maddon, who said he has been pleased with the first month of the season and that he expects the defense to remain solid and the offense to get better but is curious to see if the Rays can keep pitching as well as they have been.

Andy Sonnanstine starts tonight aware that he has been mentioned as one of the leading candidates to be dropped from the rotation when Scott Kazmir returns Sunday, but Maddon said he doesn't expect the subject to be an issue in Sonnanstine's performance.

As for the lineup:

Iwamura, 2b
Crawford, lf
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Hinske, dh
Navarro, c
Gross, rf
Bartlett, ss
Sonnanstine, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:35am]


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