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Mellow Sunday



Jason Hammel didn't pitch that poorly, but the Rays decided after Sunday's game to send him back to Triple-A Durham and are calling up reliever Chad Orvella to take his place on the roster. With Mark Hendrickson at least a few days behind in his recovery from shoulder stiffness, the Rays may have to make another move to find a starter for Saturday's game in Texas. Hendrickson hopes to rejoin the rotation in New York during the April 25-27 series. Orvella was sent to the minors at the end of the spring but should be an upgrade to the bullpen.

Maddon gave the Rays the morning off, giving them until 11:45 a.m. to report for the 1:15 p.m. game. The players seemed to appreciate it given that it was a holiday and that they leave Monday night for an 11-day trip.

The biggest surprise in the lineup is thet Nick Green is playing rightfield - his first regular season start there at any level.

Most interesting stat of the day - the Rays woke up Sunday morning leading the major leagues with 55 walks.

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


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