The Devil Rays hope to end their recent struggles at Camden Yards tonight with RHP James Shields on the mound. Tonight's lineup looks a lot like the one we've grown to seen, but with Jorge Cantu in the game at 1B hitting seventh against LHP Erik Bedard. Elijah Dukes will be in CF and Rocco Baldelli will be the DH because Dukes seems to hit better when he's playing in the field.
Pregame talk focused around Carl Crawford's ball last night that bounced off the top of the right-center field fence, back off a second fence beyond it out of play and back onto the playing field. Second-base umpire Jerry Crawford, a 30-year-old veteran who is one of the most respected umpires in the game, ruled the hit a double. Replays showed otherwise very clearly, raising the question of instant replays.
Crawford was still talking about the hit before Rays batting practice on Wednesday.
"If they were watching the centerfielder they would have seen it," Crawford said. "He didn't even try to make a play. ... I know this is a useless cause. Why argue? It's like, why give myself a headache? You just already know with our team. We never get anything reversed."
Crawford will hit third tonight. Here's the full lineup: