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Rays vs. Red Sox, game one

UPDATE, 6:15: Manager Joe Maddon was somewhat coy in discussing his plans for the batting order, saying "it's tonight's lineup,'' but it seems clear that Jaso is going to hit fifth for a while.

With a righty on the mound,  he has Jaso fifth, Hank Blalock sixth and Pena seventh. Against a lefty on Tuesday, expect to see Willy Aybar fifth and Pena sixth since Dioner Navarro will be behind the plate.

How long will Jaso hit fifth? "I don't know, we'll see. Really, replay the tape among all our guys I think more recently Zobrist and Jaso have had the best at-bats night after night regardless of who's pitching. They both have great command of their strike zone, they normally don't chase out of it. Ben, right now anyway, he had had earlier this season. (Jaso) since he's come up really has an organized strike zone, that's always been his MO, I like that. He right now affords the best protection for Longo, and I think Zo's got the best chance to get on for Longo. So I think it's a nice little Longo sandwich we've got going on right now.''

Pena said he had no problems with the move: "No negative feelings about it at all. ... I like to keep the right perspective on things, and right now it's not about me.''

UPDATE, 3:51: Here's the first bit of news - John Jaso is moved up to fifth in the batting order and Carlos Pena dropped to seventh.
Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Jaso c
Blalock dh
Pena 1b
Upton cf
Brignac 2b
Davis p

DEVELOPING: The Rays and resurgent Red Sox are getting ready to open a three-game series at the Trop that could have major significance for both teams.

Among the side notes, Bucs QB Josh Freeman will be on hand to throw out the first pitch.

The Sox lineup looks like this:
Ellsbury, cf
Pedroia, 2b
Martinez, c
Youkilis, 1b
Ortiz, dh
Drew, rf
Beltre, 3b
Hermida, lf
Scutaro, ss
Buchholz, p

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:15am]


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