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Rays readying for Game 3



The Rays and Red Sox are getting ready for Game 3 of the ALCS on a sunny and surprisingly warm afternoon at Fenway Park.

The Rays have Rocco Baldelli, the Rhode Island native, in the lineup in rightfield and Willy Aybar at DH against Sox lefty Jon Lester. The Sox tinkered with their lineup, dropping Jed Lowrie and starting Alex Cora at shortstop, a tactic they use against some hard-throwing right-handers.

Manager Joe Maddon said he had not made a final decision yet, but it did not sound like he would use either RHP Dan Wheeler, who threw 48 pitches Saturday, or rookie LHP David Price, worked Friday and Saturday.

The full lineup:
Iwamura, 2b
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Crawford, lf
Aybar, dh
Navarro, c
Baldelli, rf
Bartlett, ss
Garza, p

Ellsbury, cf
Pedroia, 2b
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 3b
Drew, rf
Bay, lf
Kotsay, 1b
Varitek, c
Cora, ss
Lester, p


[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:41am]


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