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For starters, Rays at Brewers - for the first time




Miller Park from the press box.    Photo by Marc Topkin

UPDATE, 8:02: And there's been a change, as Ryan Braun was scratched due to an upper respiratory infection. Mark Kotsay will play left, Hart moves up in the lineup.

UPDATE, 7:23: Just found the lineup sheets, so here is what the Brewers have planned:
Weeks 2b
Morgan cf
Braun lf
Fielder 1b
McGehee 3b
Hart rf
Betancourt ss
Lucroy c
Narveson p

UPDATE, 6:30: Maddon said he would like to keep Damon's bat in the lineup as much as possible this week, but will make the decison on a game by game basis based on what kind of defense Damon is able to play and how the feels. The Rays feel one of the reasons Damon, 37, has hit so well is because he had been limited to DH duties and wasn't getting worn down by playing the field. ... More change is apparently coming to the Rays rotation as Maddon said he had to talk to the pitchers before announcing who would start against Houston. With Thursday's off-day, that sounds like RHP James Shields could be moved up to Friday's series opener to stay on a five-day cycle, with Wade Davis pushed back to Saturday. Jeff Niemann is set to start Sunday.

UPDATE, 4:37: With no DH for the games in Milwaukee (or later this week in Houston), the Rays will have to be creative to keep Johnny Damon involved, and for tonight's series opener that means starting him in leftfield. Also, Matt Joyce is not in the lineup against Brewers LHP Chris Narveson.

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

DEVELOPING: The Rays are readying for their first ever game in Milwaukee, with RHP Jeff Niemann on the mound.

Miller Park is one of three current stadiums in which the Rays have not played - for a couple more hours anyway - along with Dodgers Stadium and Nationals Park.

No word yet on the lineups, and though the weather is threatening - it's been raining on and off - there is the option of closing the roof, which is open as of now.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:15am]


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