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The Devil Rays actually got some good news Thursday afternoon when 2B Jorge Cantu's bruised left foot improved enough for him to rejoin the lineup for the first time since Friday. Cantu is one of three starting infielders who have been sidelined, joining SS Julio Lugo and 3B Aubrey Huff.

Ty Wigginton is playing third again Thursday in place of injured Aubrey Huff, but the Rays will have another option by Friday, manager Joe Maddon said. Most likely it will be Sean Burroughs, who has been on the DL since spring training due to a back strain. Burroughs has been working out in the mornings at the minor-league complex and in the afternoon with the Rays and, barring any setbacks, is likely to be activated on Friday when the Royals come to town.

Jonny Gomes was still basking in the glory of his eighth-inning grand slam that led the Rays to victory on Thursday. Gomes said he received about 30 phone calls and messages from friends and relatives. Saturday is another big day for Gomes as the Rays are giving away Gomes figurines to the firist 15,000 fans.

There wasn't much talk about the Rays' power, but their 12 home runs are their most ever through nine games.

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


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