Rays at Rangers, trying to stay alive

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October

UPDATE, 2:43: The Rangers lineup:
Andrus ss
Young 3b
Hamilton cf
Guerrero dh
Cruz rf
Kinsler 2b
Murphy lf
Molina c
Moreland 1b
Lewis p
 

UPDATE, 2:21: Manager Joe Maddon said he "likes the idea" that the Rays are planning to stay over in Fort Worth tonight - "It does show confidence,'' he said - and also said he feels good about the mood of the team. Maddon visited individually with most players during Friday's workout, but intentionally did not hold a team meeting today: "There's nothing I can say to make us play better.'' ... His only real decision on the lineup was sorting out the Joyce-Johnson-Pena middle of the order. ... Maddon said there is some concern about the health of Grant Balfour's father. ... Maddon said he didn't dwell at all on writing potential free agent Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena's names in the lineups for what could be the last time. ... He was excited that his daughter, Sarah, and grand-daughter, Tyler, and two friends made the 17-hou drive from their Phoenix area home to make today's game. ... His biggest surprise through the first two games has been the sub-par defense, saying the lack of offense is a product of their typical inconsistent performance combined with good pitching by the Rangers. "We're looking in the mirror right now, and they're beating us up with it,'' Maddon said. "There's definitely time to straighten this out, believe me. I totally believe that. We get this thing righted today, I actually feel pretty good about the next two games after that. We've turned it around before on a dime.'' He has a point, as they lost the first two games in New York and Kansas City, and came back to win the next two games.''

UPDATE, 2:18: The Rays lineup will look like this:
Jaso c
Zobrist 2b
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Johnson dh
Pena 1b
Upton cf
Bartlett ss
Garza p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are playing to stay alive when they meet the Rangers this afternoon, with Matt Garza on the mound.

Despite being down 2-0, the Rays are relaxed going into the third game of the best-of five series. And confident, with plans to stay over in Fort Worth again tonight as if they are playing again on Sunday.

Lineups and updates as we get them.

[Last modified: Monday, November 8, 2010 12:15am]

    

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