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Father's Day finale



The Rays close their three-game series with the Marlins with a Father's Day matinee today at the Trop.

Tampa Bay (40-28) has won 22 of its last 25 at home, and will continue their tough, nine-game homestand with the Cubs arriving Tuesday and the Astros this weekend.

Edwin Jackson will start for the Rays, which have another bit of lineup shuffling. Willy Aybar, who has been swinging the bat well as of late, will go in Carl Crawford's spot at No. 2 in the order, and Eric Hinske was slotted at cleanup.

SS Jason Bartlett, who had the big hit Saturday, said there's been no ill effects from him getting hit in the ribs with a pitch. With the Rays having a couple off days in the next week, manager Joe Maddon said that will allow them not to have to rest him and put Evan Longoria at short.

On the suspension front, Jackson will serve his suspension next, and Maddon said they'll have to decide on someone to take his start Saturday; though Maddon said it's possible Jason Hammel will get the nod, they're not sure yet.


Iwamura, 2b
Aybar, 1b
Upton, cf
Hinske, lf
Longoria, 3b
FLoyd, dh
Navarro, c
Gross, rf
Bartlett, ss
Jackson, p


Ramirez, ss
Hermida, rf

Cantu, 1b
Jacobs, dh
Uggla, 2b
Gonzalez, lf
Helms, 3b
Ross, cf
Rabelo, c
Nolasco, p


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


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