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National respect, and roster moves

(Update, 5:35 p.m.) Rain is starting to fall at Fenway Park, forcing the Rays to cut short batting practice.

The Rays shuffled their roster again today, putting reliever Gary Glover on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis, though it is not belived to be serious. To take his spot, they called up OF Justin Ruggiano, who will fill-in for two days as depth and insurance to make sure B.J. Upton's shoulder is okay.

That's when they will activate Scott Kazmir, who will start Sunday. And to make room for Kazmir they moved Jason Hammel to the bullpen, in a long relief role, and will be available starting tonight.

Of further note, and potential bad news, reliever Al Reyes is not ready to be reinstated rom the DL, and is likely headed for an MRI, which is not a good sign.

Upton, meanwhile, said his left shoulder, which was strained Thursday, "feels great,' and he expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday.

As for tonight's game, Gabe Gross will start in center with Upton out, and Jonny Gomes is the DH and No. 3 hitter.
The lineup:
Iwamura, 2b
Crawford, lf
Gomes, dh
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Hinske, rf
Navarro, c
Gross, cf
Bartlett, ss
Jackson, p


The Rays' success is being noticed by the national media, and in some national rankings.
They've moved up from 16th to sixth in the weekly power rankings by ESPN.com and SI.com, and to fifth on Baseball Prospectus' Hit List.

The rankings:

ESPN.com
1. D-backs
2. A's
3. Cubs
4. Cards
5. Angels
6. RAYS
7. Phillies
8. White Sox
9. Red Sox
10. Dodgers

SI.com
1. D-backs
2. Angels
3. Cards
4. Brewers
5. Cubs
6. RAYS
7. Red Sox
8. Phillies
9. Dodgers
10. A's

Baseball Prospectus
1. D-backs
2. Cubs
3. Cards
4. A's
5. RAYS
6. Dodgers
7. White Sox
8. Braves
9. Phillies
10. Red Sox

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:35am]

    

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