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Friday was a downright ugly day in Toronto, with wind, rain and cold temperatures. Yet another reason why it's a good idea that they have a domed stadium. Saturday will be interesting too, with a forecast low of -6. That's Celsius, of course, but it's still pretty cold for us Florida folks - probably around 20 degrees.

The Rogers Centre has been fixed up by the way, and looks much better. Probably similar to what the Rays are doing to the Trop.

The Rays were still talking about Mark Hendrickson's stellar effort Thursday in the three-hit, complete game win over Baltimore. It not only was big what he did, but also how he did it, providing a good example for the Rays young pitchers to follow. And it was tangible evidence that manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Mike Butcher meant what they said about letting the pitchers throw complete games.

Maddon said he was still ""a little choked up'' about Hendrickson's gesture to present him the game ball as a souvenir of his first victory with the Rays.

Friday's lineup seems to be the somewhat regular group when the opponent starts a lefthander - Carl Crawford in left, Jorge Cantu at second, Jonny Gomes in right, Aubrey Huff at DH, Ty Wigginton at third, Travis Lee at first, Toby Hall catching, Nick Green at short and Damon Hollins in center.

Maddon said that may change on Saturday, though, as he wants to give Lee a day off (with Wigginton playing first) and he doesn't want Joey Gathright to sit back to back games, so he is likely to be in center.

Catcher Kevin Cash and pitcher Carlos Hines cleared waivers and were outrighted back to Triple-A Durham. They were taken off the 40-man roster earlier this week.

Julio Lugo is on the 15-day DL but decided to stay with the team, which is good for the clubhouse enviroment.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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