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The highlight of the afternoon has been listening to the kidding Jonny Gomes is getting from his teammates over the looks of the figurine the team is giving away to fans at Saturday's game. ""They've got him too skinny,'' Carl Crawford said. Gomes, naturally, took it all well: ""Too rad.''

The Rays seem to be getting closer to getting some of their injured players back. LHP Mark Hendrickson will throw in an extended spring training game on Monday in hopes of rejoining the rotation next week, though rookie Jason Hammel is expected to join the Rays on their trip to Boston-Texas-New York in case Hendrickson isn't ready.

SS Julio Lugo is also improving, though manager Joe Maddon said it now appears unlikely Lugo will be ready when eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday in Boston. The strong play of Tomas Perez has made that a little bit easier to deal with.

Maddon made a few changes to the lineup for Saturday, but the top four is intact - Carl Crawford in left, Jorge Cantu at second, Travis Lee at first, Jonny Gomes at DH. After that, Russell Branyan is in right, Ty Wigginton at third, Josh Paul is behind the plate, Tomas Perez at short and Joey Gathright in center.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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