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As the Rays still try to sift through the "I got it, you take it" tragi-comedy that cost them Wednesday's game, they have been back at Camden Yards since 10 a.m. preparing for today's game against the Orioles. The Rays have lost eight straight in Baltimore, by the way, and have Edwin Jackson on the mound.

Maddon said the Rays don't need extra work on fundamentals because the mistake was so basic, though he did say the players need to be reminded of their responsibilities, such as LF Carl Crawford saying he didn't necessarily think that was his ball to catch.

The lineup is similar to last night's but with Josh Wilson at short (on a scheduled day off for Brendan Harris) and Dioner Navarro back behind the plate. Maddon talked a lot pregame about the anticipated return Friday of Josh Paul, and suggested he may play more than a typical backup to Navarro.

The other big topic is trade talk, with INF Ty Wigginton just as interested as anyone to hear the latest rumors about where he might be headed. The Red Sox joined the field over the last couple days, and the Twins and Dodgers are among those in, though the Yankees seem to have what the Rays want in reliever Scott Proctor.

The lineup:
Iwamura, 3b
Crawford, lf
Upton, cf
Pena, 1B
Young, rf
Wiggintin, 2b
Gomes, dh
Navarro,m c
Wilson, ss

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


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