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Rays vs. D-backs, looking for a hit



UPDATE, 2:53: Manager Joe Maddon said he woke up Saturday focused solely on today's game, not reliving the no-hitter of the night before. "That game, we lost 1-0,'' he said. "It was a no-hitter, it didn't really feel like one when you have 10 baserunners, but it doesn't really matter. It matters that we lost 1-0. Now we're just trying to win the Series.'' ... Maddon said he did look up the 1917 White Sox, who are the only team to be no-hit twice in a season and still get to the World Series. "I'm looking for that positive vine, and there it was,'' he said. And noting that their manager was known as Pants Rowland, Maddon said he would now prefer Socks Maddon.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking first for a hit and then for a win as they host the Diamondbacks in today. The 4:05 start makes for a shorter turnaround than usual as the Rays - for the third time in less than a year - try to shake the effects of being no-hit.

After being blanked by Chicago's Mark Buehrle (in a perfect game) last July 23, they won at Toronto the next night 4-2 in 10 innings. And after having a perfect game thrown against them by Oakland's Dallas Braden they lost the next night 5-4 in 11 innings.

The Rays lineup once again has a different look:

Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Shoppach c
Zobrist rf
Aybar dh
Joyce lf
Bartlett ss
Price p

The D-backs changed their lineup a bit, with Justin Upton at DH so he won't have the ability to make any plays in rightfield to rob brother B.J. Upton.

Johnson 2b
Abreu ss
Upton dh
Laroche 1b
Young cf
Reynolds 3b
Ryal lf
Snyder c
Gillespie rf
Kennedy p

[Last modified: Monday, July 26, 2010 12:15am]


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