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MLB officials are reviewing the events of Monday night to determine if there will be disciplinary action against LF Carl Crawford, possibly a two- or three-game suspension. Crawford said he hopes he isn't suspended, but seems to understand that he might be. And both he and manager Joe Maddon again praised the efforts of 1B coach George Hendrick to get between Crawford and umpire Paul Nauert.

MLB officials did get around to examing 3B Akinori Iwamura's bat that was confiscated in New York on Saturday and determined it was "in full compliance" with the rules. They said the same thing about the Alex Rodriguez bat that Rays manager Joe Maddon asked to be checked.

The Rays didn't have any updates today on the Rocco Baldelli situation, which Times columnist John Romano will address in Wednesday's paper.

And the reason 1B Carlos Pena didn't get the ball from his team-record setting 35th home run as a keepsake was because third-base umpire Rob Drake tossed it to a fan. After the ball hit a catwalk, it was retrieved by RF Nick Markakis, rolled to the infield, picked up by pitcher Jim Hoey, requested by Drake, and flipped to a woman fan in the stands.

Otherwise, the Rays are just hoping to keep a good thing going. Maddon said SS Josh Wilson's fielding problems appear to be more mental than physical, but he will probably stay in the lineup since the Rays don't really have another midlde infielder.

As for tonight's lineup:

Iwamura, 3B
Crawford, lf
Pena, 1b
Upton, cf
Young, rf
HArris, 2b
Norton, dh
Wilson, ss
Paul, c
Kazmir, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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