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A lesson learned?

Seth McClung's failure to prepare properly for his start Monday was a major issue after the game as pitching coach Mike Butcher and manager Joe Maddon both, shall we say, pointed our the error of his ways, specificially that he was late getting on the field to start his warmups. McClung struggled in the first three innings, and it could be argued that his poor performance cost the team the game.

Tuesday, McClung was again a primary topic of discussion, but the point being made was that the Rays hope he learns from his mistake.

McClung made a point after the game of saying how winning for his team is his No. 1 priority, but the fact that other Rays were willing to talk about what he did wrong could be construed as a sign that they don't necessarily believe that is the case. The bottom line is that he now has to prove to his teammates and his coaches that he takes things seriously and learned his lesson.

Outfielder Rocco Baldelli was to start a 20-day rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night and manager Joe Maddon said that - at least as of now - when Baldelli returns he will play rightfield. Baldelli has suggested the move from center to right as a way to reduce stress on his left hamstring, which has sidelined him since late March. With Baldelli in right, Maddon said he would lean toward using Damon Hollins and/or Joey Gathright in center, but he also acknowledged that moving Carl Crawford to center from left would also be an option.

Casey Fossum said the groin strain which forced him out of his last start on Friday appears to have healed and he doesn't expect any problems when he starts Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

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


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