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No Upton, as promised; also no Navarro



UPDATE: 7 PM: Manager Joe Maddon also said the talk went well, but he said it was not automatic that Upton would return to the lineup on Sunday, that he was "still considering" extending the discipline for another day. Maddon said he was more disappointed than upset with Upton, and that he does not expect there to be any further issues. UPDATE, 6 PM: Upton had a 15-minute meeting with manager Joe Maddon and said the issue with him not hustling was behind him and that he expects to return to the lineup on Sunday night. Upton said he understood there would be a zero tolerance policy for such infractions. He also said he was not concerned about getting a bad reputation over the issue: "I know myself; I play hard every day." - - - -

As expected, CF B.J Upton was not in the Rays lineup Saturday. Neither is C Dioner Navarro, which is a bit of a surprise.

The lineup went up late, which is often a sign that manager Joe Maddon was waiting to check on how a player may be feeling. But Navarro said he is fine, just a bit tired, and welcomed Maddon's offer for two straight days off. With Navarro out, Shawn Riggans is making back to back starts behind the plate for the first time since April 19-20.

With Upton out and a lefty starting for Texas, Maddon got creative in trying to maximize his right-handed hitters, with Ben Zobrist in center and Rocco Baldelli as the DH.

The lineup:
Iwamura, 2b
Zobrist, cf
Pena, 1b
Baldelli, dh
Aybar, 3b
Ruggiano, lf
Riggans, c
Gross, rf
Bartlett, ss
Jackson, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:38am]


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