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Rays vs. O's, seeking change



UPDATE, 2:44: News was good on 1B Carlos Pena, who went through another workout with minimal issues from his sore right foot and remains on track to rejoin the team Monday. Pena will play 1B and get 2-3 at-bats for Class A Charlotte on Sunday and if all goes well is in line to be activated for Monday's marquee matchup of Texas' Cliff Lee and David Price. ... Maddon went with as many righthanders as he had tonight against Matusz. That included switch-hitter Willy Aybar at DH, despite an .097 average over his last 10 games. Maddon said with Pena's return, Aybar's playing time will be reduced significantly against righthanded pitchers, an indication that Dan Johnson likely will get most of the DH at-bats.

UPDATE, 1:38: Rays lineup looks like this vs. lefty Matusz:
Upton cf,
Bartlett ss,
Crawford lf,
Longoria 3b,
Aybar dh,
Rodriguez 2b,
Zobrist 1b,
Shoppach c,
Kapler rf,
Sonnanstine p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are hoping to snap out of their latest funk in this afternoon's 4 p.m. game against the Orioles, with Andy Sonnanstine on the mound for his second start filling in for injured Jeff Niemann. 

As a reminder, today's game is on WFLA-970 radio and Ch. 13 (Fox), rather than the usual outlets.

Offense has been the big problem for the Rays, as they were held to three hits on Friday, the major-league most 10th time they've finished a game with three or less.

About the only good thing that happened for the Rays last night was that the Red Sox and Yankees both lost, so the Rays remained two games out of first place and four games ahead in the wild-card race.



[Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 12:15am]


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