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Pena back in lineup for Game 3



UPDATE, 4:09: The game will start at 4:40. The rain has slowed and the grounds crew has come out and is starting to take off the tarp Rays C Dioner Navarro went out to the bullpen, but Matt Garza hasn't started warming up.

UPDATE, 3:10: Rain started falling as soon as the Rays began batting practice around 2:30, and hasn't let up yet. There's talk the gametime ws pushed back to 4:17, though that is not official.

It was interesting that as soon as it started raining, the grounds crew put the tarp on part of the field, covering the area between third base and second, but leaving exposed the area around first. In theory it was to allow the Rays to continue hitting and have infielders take some ground balls, but it also fed into the idea that they wanted to make it as wet and damp around first base as possible to slow down the Rays.

A few minutes later, as the first group of Rays were hitting, the grounds crew called off the whole thing, and the Rays had to use the batting cages underneath the stands.

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1B Carlos Pena is back in the lineup for today's Game 3 of the ALDS. And Rocco Baldelli  is in rightfield but hitting eighth, with Willy Aybar hitting sixth at DH.

The lineup:
Iwamura, 2b
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Crawford, lf
Aybar, dh
Navarro, c
Baldelli, rf
Bartlett, ss
Garza, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:40am]


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