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On scene in Oakland, day two

As the Rays seek a follow-up to Monday's 13-inning win, they will start Tuesday without 2B Akinori Iwamura, who is getting his oft-delayed day off. Ben Zobrist will start at second, and Jason Bartlett will be in the leadoff spot.

There is still a lot of talk this afternoon about Evan Longoria's heady play last night when he picked up a bunt and picked off Kurt Suzuki, who had rounded second too widely.

Si_coverweb_3 Also, the Rays will - sort of - be on the cover of the upcoming edition of Sports Illustrated, with a cartoon of a Rays player (who is supposed to be Carl Crawford) lifting up a Yankees player (who is suppoosed to be Derek Jeter) under the headline: BIZARRO BASEBALL.

Also, Edwin Jackson skipped his usual between-starts workout on Tuesday and will be available in the bullpen since the Rays are a bit short after the 13-inning game on Monday. Whether Jackson pitches or not, he will still make his start as scheduled on schedule Saturday.

The lineups:

Bartlett, ss
Crawford, lf
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Navarro, c
Gomes, dh
Hinske, rf
Zobrist, 2b
Kazmir, p

Hannahan, 3b
Crosby, ss
M. Sweeney, 1b
Thomas, dh
Brown, rf
Cust, lf
Suzuki, c
Petit, 2b
Davis, cf
Smith, p

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


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