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Saturday in the park



The night goes quick with a 1:07 p.m. game following a night game, so manager Joe Maddon eliminated regular batting practice, with the players having the option of working in the batting cages. Plus, it's really cold - with the temperature, as forecast, in the low 20s. Luckily the Rogers Centre roof will stay closed today.

2B Jorge Cantu's bruised left foot was still very sore Saturday morning and he is receiving treament on it. It's unlikely he'll play at all today, and Maddon is hopeful (at best) Cantu will be available on Sunday.

The resulting lineup - with 1B Travis Lee and C Toby Hall getting the day off - is hardly what the Rays projected a week ago: Carl Crawford in left, Nick Green at shortstop, Jonny Gomes at DH, Aubrey Huff at third, Ty Wigginton at first, Damon Hollins in right, Josh Paul catching, Tomas Perez at second and Joey Gathright in center.

New principal owner Stuart Sternberg is here with his two sons, watching the games with the passion of serious fans.

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


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