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Rays back on the field



A bit groggy and with nothing left to be determined in regards to postseason matchups, the Rays are getting ready for tonight's game against the Tigers without most of their regulars.

The big news pre-game was a succesful batting practice session by Carl Crawford, impressive enough that manager Joe Maddon seemed to sound a lot more optimistic about the possibility of Crawford being ready to be on the postseason roster.

Maddon said postseason roster decisions won't be made until after a meeting Monday, but did say the starters for the first two games will be James Shields and Scott Kazmir, though without committing to an order.

Shields will still start on Sunday, but won't work more than two innings (and possibly just one) in a tune-up session.

Matt Garza, the likely Game 3 starter, probably will be limited to five innings tonight.

The Rays still hope to see LHP David Price and RHP Troy Percival pitch either tonight or Sunday as their status is undetermined for the first round.

Otherwise, the most interesting development tonight could be whether Tampa's Gary Sheffield hits his 500th home run.

The lineups:

Perez, cf
Zobrist, ss
Longoria, 3b
Baldelli, dh
Aybar, 2b
Johnson, 1b
Ruggiano, lf
Gomes, rf
Hernandez, c
Garza, p

Granderson, cf
Santiago, 2b
Ordonez, rf
Cabreram 1b
Sheffield, dh
Larish, 3b
Joyce, lf
Renteria, ss
Inge, c
Willis, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:39am]


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