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Rays at O's, seeking more



UPDATE, 5:52: Not much news from Maddon's pre-game, as he explained the decision between Brad Hawpe and Dan Johnson at DH comes down primarily to statistics and matchups, but also a sense of obligation to give Hawpe some opportunity since he chose to sign with the Rays after being released by Colorado. ... The Rays are looking to go a season-high 10 games without an error tonight. ... Also, closer Rafael Soriano is now two saves from tying Roberto Hernandez's 1999 team record.

UPDATE, 3:52: The Rays lineup looks a lot like Friday's, except that Brad Hawpe will be the DH instead of Dan Johnson. And here is is:

Jaso c,
Zobrist 2b,
Crawford lf,
Longoria 3b,
Pena 1b,
Joyce rf,
Hawpe dh,
Upton cf,
Bartlett ss,
Shields p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to run their record against the Orioles to 11-3 with another win tonight, and they'll have James Shields on the mound seeking his 14th win.


Shields has been on something of a roll, with a 6-2 mark since the All-Star break.

With their win Friday, the Rays improved to 83-51 remaining 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees, who are playing this afternoon. They started the day with a seven-game wild-card lead over the Red Sox, who are playing a doubleheader today with the White Sox.


[Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 12:15am]


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