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LF Carl Crawford didn't expect to be playing again for several days, but when his sore right shoulder responded to treatment and he made it through a light early afternoon session in the batting cages he told manager Joe Maddon he was ready to go and he was in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. The Rays certainly were glad to have him, given that CF Rocco Baldelli, 3B Aubrey Huff and SS Julio Lugo are still out.

Maddon said Baldelli was doing better in his recovery from a strained left hamstring but the Rays would continue with a cautious approach, meaning he is unlikely to play for another couple weeks. Maddon also said Aubrey Huff (left knee sprain) was doing better and could be back sooner than expected.

The Curt Schilling comments about Scott Kazmir being the reason for bad feelings between the teams continued to be a topic of discussion, fueled in part by ESPN's repeated hyping of the subject, which was probably not coincidental since Thursday's game was being shown on ESPN2. Maddon, however, said he didn't want to say anything to further the rhetoric. ""It's entertainment,'' he said.

The Rays remain officially undecided on a starter for Saturday's game in Texas, but it looks more and more like it will be Edwin Jackson, who will be called up from Triple-A Durham.

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


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