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Rays at Mariners, seeking a sweep

UPDATE, 8:53: Maddon didn't want to say much about with Aybar at DH against lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith except that there's something he likes about his swing rather than Pat Burrell's. This is Aybar's eighth start at DH, and sixth against a lefty. While Aybar, a switch-hitter, is hitting only .250 against lefties, Burrell, a righty, has a .053 average (getting his first hit of the year off a lefty last night).  

UPDATE, 8:50:
And the Mariners still-Bradley less lineup:
Ichiro rf
Figgins 2b
Kotchman 1b
Gutierrez cf
Griffey dh
Lopez 3b
Langerhans lf
Josh Wilson ss
Johnson c
Rowland-Smith p


UPDATE, 6:53: Rays lineup, with Aybar at DH:
Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Upton cf
Aybar dh
 Jaso c
Kapler rf
Niemann p


The Rays are readying for tonight's series finale in Seattle, seeking a three-game sweep before heading down to the San Francisco/Oakland area for the weekend.

A couple things to look for tonight, still waiting for the lineups:

* Carlos Pena is two walks shy of matching Fred McGriff's franchise record of 305 walks.

* Evan Longoria's 11-game hitting streak is one shy of his career high and is also the longest active streak in the majors. He is hitting .455 (20-for-44) during the streak.

* Rays starters haven't lost a game since April 23, going 7-0 with three no-decisions since, and overall are 16-3, 2.61

* The 85 runs the Rays have allowed are the third fewest of any AL team through 27 games over the last 25 years. Only the 1991 and 2001 Red Sox, who both allowed 81, were better.

* The Rays continue to lead the majors with a .319 average with runners in scoring position, despite hitting just .262 overall. With RISP, Jason Bartlett is second in the AL at .478, Carl Crawford fifth at .444 and Reid Brignax eighth at .375.


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