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Rays vs. Jays, with Jennings, Navarro and Hawpe playing



UPDATE, 6:06: Maddon's plans for the new additions aren't set yet, but here's a quick rundown:

Jaso will still catch against righthanded pitchers; Shoppach will catch most of the time against lefties, but there will be some times when they'll use Navarro. Also, Navarro, who is the best thrower of the three, could get some starts against teams that steal a lot of bases (Seattle, KC on remaining schedule; Rangers, possibly White Sox in postseason?).

Jennings is getting a start tonight, but is primarily going to be used as a pinch-runner. He could also be used as a defensive replacement if Hawpe is in right.

Hawpe will be used at DH against righthanders, along with Dan Johnson, with the decisions based on matchups. For example, Hawpe is starting tonight even though Marcum is tough on lefties because Maddon likes the way his swing matches how Marcum pitches. He could also play some in rightfield.

Hellickson will be used in relief, and somewhat sparingly. Ideally, Maddon said he's only be used to start an inning, so he has plenty of time to warm up, and won't be used on consecutive days in any scenario.

Baldelli will be used as a DH, pinch-hitter and occasionally in the outfield (though probably if he entered during a game).

UPDATE, 5:56: Balfour has since been activated from the DL, but it is unlikely he would pitch tonight. Also, Navarro will bat righthanded against Marcum tonight; he homered off him last time, on June 9.

UPDATE, 3:51: RHP Grant Balfour says simulated game "went great" and he's "ready to go."
UPDATE, 3:45:
Rays lineup includes Desmond Jennings making his big-league debut in RF, Navarro catching and Hawpe at DH.

Upton cf,
Jennings rf,
Crawford lf,
Longoria 3b,
Pena 1b,
Rodriguez 2b,
Hawpe dh,
Navarro c,
Bartlett ss,
Price p

Also, Dale Thayer was outrighted to make room on the 40-man roster for Baldelli.

DEVELOPING: With a handful of Sept. 1 roster additions, the Rays are seeking to rebound from Tuesday's loss and win the series against the Jays before heading out on a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip to Baltimore, Boston and Toronto.

Added to the roster today are OFs Rocco Baldelli, Brad Hawpe and Desmond Jennings; C Dioner Navarro and RHP Jeremy Hellickson.

Still waiting word on how the Rays made room on the 40-man roster for Baldelli. Hawpe was added last night, with LHP J.P. Howell going from the 15- to the 60-day DL, and then Andy Sonnanstine being optioned to Class A Hudson Valley, allowing him to return as soon as Monday.

The Jays lineup:
Lewis lf
McDonald 3b
Bautista rf
Wells cf
Lind 1b
Buck c
Hill 2b
Arencibia dh
McCoy ss
Marcum p


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