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On scene in Oakland, day three

The Rays go for the sweep today in Oakland with a couple of their key players getting days off - LF Carl Crawford and C Dioner Navarro.

Manager Joe Maddon wanted to rest both, allowing them to have the benefit of two days of rest as the Rays are off Thursday before beginning a season-high 10-game homestand against the Orioles, Rangers and White Sox.

Jonny Gomes is starting in left, but the Rays will be quick to bring in a defensive replacement if the game is close, and Shawn Riggans is behind the plate.

Closer Troy Percival won't be used today, Maddon said, after feeling some tightness in his left hamstring during Tuesday's win, but is expected to be fine by Friday. Maddon would also like to avoid using Dan Wheeler, so Al Reyes is in line to close.

The lineups:

Iwamura, 2b
Bartlett, ss
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Floyd, dh
Gomes, lf
Gross, rf
Riggans, c
Sonnanstine, p

Hannahan, 3b
Crosby, ss
Cust, lf
Thomas, dh
R. Sweeney, cf
Brown, rf
Barton, 1b
Suzuki, c
Petit., 2b
Eveland, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:35am]


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