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Rays vs. Tigers, looking for another

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UPDATE, 5:17: Manager Joe Maddon said Upton was feeling better and is targeted to return to the lineup Saturday or Sunday, with the possibility he could be used as a pinch-hitter before then. ... Maddon also said he met with executive VP Andrew Friedman today and there was "nothing new" on the trade front.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are getting ready - thankfully under the roof as the rain comes down and the thunder booms outside - to play Game 3 of the four-game set with the Tigers, and will do so, as expected, without B.J. Upton, who left Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain.

The Tigers will be without manager Jim Leyland, who was suspended one game for his "inappropriate and aggressive conduct" during Monday's game, when he sprayed umpire Marty Foster with sunflower seeds during an argument.

The Rays also may be looking at the trade market differently with multiple reports Wednesday that the Phillies are no longer looking to deal RF Jayson Werth as CF Shane Victorino went on the DL. Werth was considered one of the hitters the Rays were interested in, and the price, and competition, for the others, such as Washington's Josh Willingham and Baltimore's Luke Scott, may suddenly increase with Werth off the market.

The Rays lineup will look like this:

Zobrist cf
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Aybar dh
Jaso c
Brignac 2b
Bartlett ss
Niemann p

 

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