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Gomes gone, and not happy about it

Jonny Gomes was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Monday as the Rays activated 3B Akinori Iwamura from the DL, and Gomes was not happy about it, engaging in a loud argument with manager Joe Maddon.

"I'm pretty bummed out to tell you the truth,'' Gomes said. "I just thought there were at-bats for me here. So that was our disagreement. ... I'm the type of guy who is going to be real bitter outside the lines, but once I get back inside the lines it's game time.''

By sending down Gomes, the Rays made the decision to keep INF Jorge Cantu as a spare righthanded hitters and occasional DH.

Also, CF Elijah Dukes is starting Monday, marking his first appearance before the Tropicana Field crowd since Wednesday's Times report of allegations by his estranged wife that he threatened to kill her and their kids.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:31am]


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