Quiet on the Rays side
Not much news from the Devil Rays dugout, with manager Joe Maddon hoping his recently hot team can pick up tonight where it left off on Wednesday in beating Baltimore. Realistically they don't expect to score quite as freely against Toronto's tough pitching, but Maddon is looked for them to continue having quality at-bats and playing well.
Nothing has been set yet as far as Carl Crawford's hearing to appeal his two-game suspension; Maddon said he hopes it doesn't happen until the last weekend of the season.
Maddon did say it was possible the Rays could call up another player even before Triple-A Durham was finished competing in the International League playoffs. If so, it would seem that INF Jorge Velandia would be the choice since the Rays don't really have a backup middle infielder on the big-league roster and SS Josh Wilson has looked tired lately.
Maddon said he is very close friends with Toronto's Troy Glaus, who was implicated in performance-enhancing drug issues according to a Sports Illustrated report, but didn't know anything about the issues and never suspected Glaus of using anything.
The lineup for Friday's game is similar to what they have been using, with Jonny Gomes getting back in against a righthander after making some adjustments to his swing.