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For starters, Rays-A's, again

Update 2:36 p.m. Nothing huge coming out of manager Joe Maddon's pre-game media session, but the struggles of LHP Scott Kazmir remained a topic of discussion.

Maddon said Kazmir will make his next scheduled start, Monday in Cleveland. He said they're still evaluating everything, having tried plenty of things already (from mechanical to mental) to get him back on track.

It appears, barring them finding an injury with Kazmir, they're going to continue to try to get the two-time All-Star right while he's in the rotation.

Maddon was asked about bringing up prospects Wade Davis or David Price.

“With David, we’ve always talked about when we feel David’s ready, that’s when David’s will be here,” Maddon said. “When Davis is ready, that’s when Davis should be here. You auger out spots at those particular moments for people like that. It’s an ongoing discussion. We’re always talking about different topics. Our main concern right now is just to get Kaz right.”

In other news, Maddon said DH Pat Burrell is continuing to make progress in rehabbing from neck stiffness, and it's possible he'll be ready to be activated from the disabled list during the Cleveland series next week.

Maddon said he saw some better at-bats from Carlos Pena the past couple games - he hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's game, snapping a season-long streak of 11 games without ua homer -- and acknowledged that the recent struggles by Evan Longoria partly stem from him expanding his strike zone a little too much.

The Rays will try to at least salvage a split of the four-game series with the A's before donning their white suits for the trip to South Florida. The lineup is the same as Wednesday:

Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Bartlett, ss
Aybar, dh
Iwamura, 2b
Kapler, rf
Navarro, c
Garza, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:46am]


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