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Lugo not playing for Rays ...



With trade rumors circulating and the July 31 deadline for nonwaiver deals fast approaching, shortstop Julio Lugo was not in the Devil Rays' lineup on Sunday.

Manager Joe Maddon said he was simply giving Lugo, who plays every day, the game off. And Lugo said he was fine and was available to play if needed. But since he hit two home runs in the fifth inning of Saturday's bizarre 13-12 victory - just the second shortstop to homer twice in the same inning in major-league history - the timing of his day off was, at the least curious.

The Blue Jays are considered the team most interested in Lugo, though the Mets and Red Sox are other possibilities. And more teams may express interest as the deadline nears.

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


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