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For starters, Rays at Indians

UPDATE, 6:14: Two pieces of news out of Maddon's pre-game media session: 1) He said it's still not certain that Upton will start serving his suspension on Thursday, but that if he does Sam Fuld will play center, and 2) it's "pretty solid" that Andy Sonnanstine will stay in the rotation and make his next scheduled start on Sunday in place on Jeff Niemann. ... Maddon also said that Joyce will continue to play primarily only against righthanders, and that that restriction is part of the reason for his success.  ... Indians CF Grady Sizemore won't play tonight due to a bruised right knee, but manager Manny Acta said it wasn't a big deal so Sizemore could return on Thursday.

Indians lineup:
Brantley cf
A. Cabrera ss
Choo rf
Santana c
Duncan dh
O. Cabrera 2b
LaPorta 1b
Kearns LF
Hannahan 3b
Carrasco p

UPDATE, 3:38: LHP David Price will be on the mound and this is the Rays lineup, which should look this way often against RHPs:
Fuld lf
Zobrist 2b
Damon dh
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Upton cf
Kotchman 1b
Brignac ss
Jaso c
Price p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are prepping to play the second game of their series at the Indians, seeking to bounce back from Tuesday's long, late and sloppy loss, decided on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth.

A couple of notes as we wait for the lineups:

* Matt Joyce woke up this morning leading the AL in hitting with a .356 average, the second Ray to hold the lead this season, following Sam Fuld. In the Rays 14 seasons, they have had only one player lead the league at a later date - Jason Bartlett on May 24 in 2009. Overall, Joyce is fourth in the majors.

* For Tuesday's game against the Yankees, the Rays will give away a Rays/Navy Seal T-shirt to the first 10,000 fans either in Rays gear or with a military ID.

* LHP J.P. Howell has already thrown for Triple-A Durham, which had a matinee game. He allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning of work. He will pitch again on Thursday to see how he responds to back-to-back assignments.

* The Rays have issued 26 walks over their past three games, including a season-high 11 on Tuesday and 10 on Saturday. That marked the first time in club history they reached double digits twice in a span of three games.





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