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Heading home



After a long, cold week on the road the Rays seem excited about heading home after Sunday's game. The home opener, and all the pomp and circumstance that comes with it, is usually a big deal. The home opener is not quite as exciting for the Rays as other teams, though, since they spend the whole spring in St. Petersburg. And there's not as much excitement about going to Tropicana Field since they worked out of the clubhouse there during the final week of spring training.

2B Jorge Cantu's bruised left foot is still sore and he will miss his second game on Sunday. He hopes to play Monday, but manager Joe Maddon said it may not be until Tuesday.

Maddon stacked his lineup with lefthanders against Toronto righthanded ace Roy Halladay. The most interesting move was batting power-hitting and strikeout prone Russ Branyan second, but Maddon had a reason, figuring that if he wants to pinch-hit late in the game and use a righthanded hitter, Branyan would be the guy he hits for.
The full lineup includes Carl Crawford in left, Branyan in right, Aubrey Huff at third, Jonne Gomes at DH, Travis Lee at first, Ty Wigginton at second, Toby Hall catching, Joey Gathright in center and Tomas Perez at short. Nick Green got the day off.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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