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Rays vs. Tigers, seeking an encore



UPDATE, 5:36: Manager Joe Maddon said he chose to put Willy Aybar in the lineup because of his potential against hard-throwing Tigers starter Justin Verlander, as well as Matt Joyce, which is why neither Sean Rodriguez nor Reid Brignac is playing, with Ben Zobrist at second. And though SS Jason Bartlett is 0-for-10 against Verlander, Maddon stuck with him because he has been playing well and because he's likely to get either Wednesday night or Thursday afternoon off. ... Maddon is curious to see how James Shields comes out tonight after watching Matt Garza throw his no-hitter on Monday. ... Also of note, popular singer Melissa Etheridge is going to be here at the Trop, but only to throw out the first pitch, not sing the anthem. 

UPDATE, 3:42: Rays lineup:

 Zobrist 2b
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Aybar dh
Jaso c
Upton cf
Bartlett ss
Shields p
It will be hard to top Monday night's dramatics as the Rays and Tigers prepare for the second game of the four-game series at Tropicana Field on Tuesday. James Shields will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking his first home win since April 28.

The Tigers lineup has been posted, and it looks like this:
Jackson cf
Rhymes 2b
Damon dh
Cabrera 1b
Boesch rf
Raburn lf
Avila c
Sizemore 3b
Santiago ss
Verlander p


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