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On scene in Oakland ...

The Rays are preparing for what is something of a must-win game in Oakland tonight, having suffered walkoff losses the last two games in St. Louis.
SS Jason Bartlett is back in the linuep, having recovered from the 24-hour flu bug that has been passing through the clubhouse. Manager Joe Maddon decided to go with Eric Hinske in rightfield, even though he was 1-for-15 against Oakland starter Joe Blanton, joking that he took Hinske's word that they were good outs.
The other big pre-game news was that Rays starter James Shields did have an In-N-Out Burger in the clubhouse, which is something of a ritual for him when the team is on the west coast.

Otherwise, here are the lineups:

Iwamura, 2b
Crawford, lf
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Floyd, dh
Navarro, c
Hinske, rf
Bartlett, ss
Shields, rhp

Hannahan, 3b
Crosby, ss
Cust, lf
Thomas, dh
Sweeney, of
Brown, rf
Barton, 1b
Suzuki, c
Petit, 2b
Blanton, p

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


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