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A day after saying he'd stick with his regulars until the final weekend series in Toronto, Rays manager Joe Maddon changed his mind and started Jorge Velandia at shortstop Sunday over Josh Wilson. Maddon said he was impressed with what Velandia, a 32-year-old veteran, did in starting the two previous games, as well as how he did it. Also today, Jonny Gomes is in rightfield with Delmon Young getting a day off his feet as the DH.

Maddon also said LHP J.P. Howell, who is joining the team Monday in Anaheim, will be used primarily as a long reliever until starting the Sept. 30 finale in Toronto, and that LHP Jeff Ridgway will get a chance to show if his Triple-A success as a short reliever can transfer to the big leagues.

Several Rays players, meanwhile, said they were trying to call reliever Shawn Camp, who left the Triple-A Durham team after getting the news that his mother died unexpectedly Friday night.

As for Sunday's lineup:
Iwamura, 3b
Crawford, lf
Pena, 1b
Upton, cf
Young, dh
Harris, 2b
Gomes, rf
Navarro, c
Velandia, ss

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


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