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For starters, Rays at Angels without Longoria

UPDATE, 8:45: Longoria is feeling better - having lost 7 pounds while running a fever in excess of 102 - and said he wanted to play today but under "doctor's orders" is not in the lineup. He fully expects to be back on Friday night in Baltimore. Maddon said Longoria could be used as a pinch-hitter. ... The rest of the group is feeling better, Maddon said, as they prepare for their overnight flight to Baltimore following the game.

UPDATE, 6:55: Longoria is out of the lineup again, meaning he misses all three games in his hometown park. Felipe Lopez will be at third tonight. Longoria was running a fever in excess of 100 on Tuesday and the Rays were concerned about dehydration, and apparently still isn't feeling better.

Here is the lineup:
Damon dh
Zobrist 2b
Joyce rf
Upton cf
Kotchman 1b
Ruggiano lf
Lopez 3b
Shoppach c
Brignac ss
Shields p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking for three straight wins and their first-ever sweep at Angel Stadium tonight with RHP James Shields on the mound.

The Rays have played 42 series in the state of California over their 14 seasons, and have only recorded one sweep, in a 2004 interleague series at San Diego. They also have a chance tonight to even the season series with the Angels at 4-4.

Though the worst of the stomach flu issues seemed to have passed by Tuesday night, the Rays were still without 3B Evan Longoria, and his status for tonight is not yet known. The Rays could use him as they oppose Angels ace Jered Weaver.

After the game, the Rays have an overnight flight to Baltimore and, in the latest of manager Joe Maddon's dress-up themes, will be sporting their best sleepwear. They won't get to their Baltimore hotel until around 9 a.m. Thursday, and have the rest of the day off before opening a three-game series Friday night.



[Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 12:15am]


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