The day after (again) ....
Maddon tweaked the lineup a bit for Thursday's game against White Sox righthander Javier Vazquez, starting Russ Branyan in rightfield and sliding Damon Hollins to center in place of Joey Gathright, who made mistakes at the plate and in centerfield on Wednesday. Plus, Gathright is hitting .204.
The Rays start interleague play on Friday with a weekend series against the Marlins, having gone 3-15 against NL teams last year and 15-3 the year before. While interleague play is a big deal in places like Chicago and New York, it won't create much, if any, buzz at Tropicana Field.
OF Rocco Baldelli, out since late March with a strained left hamstring, played in another extended spring training game on Thursday with no problems. If all stays well, he will leave on Monday for a two- or three-week rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham.