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Apparently we're still having technical difficulties at Heater Headquarters, so here's a brief update of what was supposed to be posted the last two days:

It's hot here in Texas.
Very hot.
So hot that you can be from Florida and not feel bad complaining about it.
So hot that one of the electronic signs near the stadium said 105 today.

Anyway, the Rangers are inducting Rusty Greer into their Hall of Fame tonight, which got us thinking about a Rays Hall of Fame. Well, for a minute or two anyway. If the criteria for this kind of thing is the contributions the player made while with the Rays, it's going to be awhile for the first induction.

One of the interesting topics of conversation with manager Joe Maddon on Friday was that when Rocco Baldelli returns - they're hoping - in early September, B.J. Upton will still be the primary centerfielder. Baldelli will play some in centerfied, he will DH some and he will be off some. It's also possible he could play some in left- and/or rightfield as Carl Crawford and Delmon Young get a day off.

And for all those who think this is the answer - Maddon said it was "not out of the question" that Baldelli could play some at first base, but there had been no discussion internally.

Otherwise, Edwin Jackson takes the mound tonight, Upton is expected to the be the DH, with Young in center and Jonny Gomes in right.

And, by the way, it's hot.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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