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Lugo still not playing for Rays



SS Julio Lugo remained out of the Devil Rays lineup Tuesday due to what is being described as a bruise on the tip of his right middle finger, but Lugo said he was "almost positive" he would play in Wednesday's matinee.

Lugo has not played since Saturday night, when he left the game after hitting two home runs in the fifth inning. He is the subject of considerable trade speculation, with the Toronto Blue Jays considered the most likely suitors.

Manager Joe Maddon also changed the lineup for Tuesday, dropping LF Carl Crawford back to the second spot, where he is most comfortable, and trying Rocco Baldelli in the leadoff spot.

The Rays on Monday reached the 100-game point of their season with a 41-59 record, which matches their third best mark at that point in a season. They had a club-best 47 wins in 2004.

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


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