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Rays vs. Rangers, playing from the top



UPDATE, 5:52: Manager Joe Maddon said 1B Carlos Pena came through his first game from the DL with no problems with his right foot, and Pena said the same thing. Maddon also said RHPs Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann reacted well to their Monday bullpen sessions and will throw again Wednesday, with the plan to throw a simulated game Friday in Oakland and then rejoin the rotation next Tuesday and Wednesday in Anaheim.

UPDATE, 3:27: Here is the Rays lineup, with Dan Johnson taking what will now be a somewhat regular turn as the DH against righthanders.

Jaso c
Zobrist 2b
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Johnson dh
Upton cf
Bartlett ss
Garza p

DEVELOPING: After moving back into a tie for first place on Monday night, the Rays are getting ready to again face the Rangers, who will be without 3B Michael Young tonight. 

Before looking ahead to tonight's game, here are a few tidbits from Monday night courtesy of ESPN, and the Elias Sports Bureau:

* Before the Rays got five hits off Cliff Lee in the 8th inning, he had allowed only four in the 8th inning (4-for-21) since joining the Rangers.

* Before the Rays scored  their four runs off Lee, he had allowed only four earned runs in the 8th inning all season in 15.1 innings.

* Lee is now 2-4 in eight starts with a 3.92 ERA against the AL East this year (8-2, 2.06 ERA in his other 13 starts). Also, the Rangers have lost five of the eight games Lee has started.

* Monday was the fifth game in 2010 that Carlos Pena had a go-ahead RBI in the 7th inning or later. But also, entering the game, Pena had been batting .128 (5-for-39) in Late-Inning Pressure Situations. But also, of Pena's 15 RBI since the All-Star break, seven have put the Rays ahead in a game.

* And one more Cliff Lee note from the Rangers PR staff - Lee set a modern major-league record by registering his 143rd strikeout of the season before issuing his 10th walk. Curt Schilling notched 140 Ks for Arizona in 2002 before his 10th walk.

Here is the Rangers lineup, with the unusual positioning of Vlad Guerrero in rightfield and Josh Hamilton at DH:

Andrus ss
Borbon cf
Hamilton dh
Guerrero rf
Murphy lf
Cantu 3b
B. Molina c
Moreland 1b
Blanco 2b
Hunter p


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