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For starters, Rays at Astros, seeking sweep



UPDATE, 2:00: Maddon said he checked with Damon and he felt up to playing a day game after a night game (and having only played six innings on Satursday) so he is in leftfield for what is likely his last start of the season there. ... Here is the Astros lineup:
Bourn cf
Keppinger 2b
Pence rf
Lee lf
Johnson 3b
Wallace 1b
Barmes ss
Corporan c
Happ p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to make it a clean sweep of the Astros today - and to move to 10 games over .500 - and will have Houston native Jeff Niemann on the mound.

They also will have usual DH Johnny Damon in leftfield again, as manager Joe Maddon continues to seek a boost to the offense in a bid to get an early lead.

3B Evan Longoria has been hot since taking off his batting gloves for Friday's game, and is expected to go without them today for a third straight game.

The Rays lineup:
Damon lf
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
Kotchman 1b
Shoppach c
Johnson ss
Niemann p 

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:15am]


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