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For starters, Rays at Indians, at the break

UPDATE, 12:08: Maddon said Jennings was dropped down again because he has continued to struggle at the plate since coming off the DL - hitting .198  - needs to do a better job organizing his strike zone, and Maddon said Jennings may stay toward the bottom of the order and out of the leadoff spot after the break. ... Maddon also praised the performance of Elliot Johnson, who could stay at the top of the order. ... Maddon said the break is coming at a good time for the struggling Rays, and that it's obvious they need to improve their overall play and he has some "ideas" about changes to their pre-game work routines he is considering implementing.

UPDATE, 10:59: Elliot Johnson is at the top of the Rays order - consider that thought - and Desmond Jennings has been dropped again to seventh.

Rays lineup:
Johnson ss
Pena 1b
Zobrist rf
Upton cf
Scott dh
Keppinger 3b
Jennings lf
Lobaton c
Rhymes 2b
Shields p

Indians lineup:
Choo rf
Cabrera ss
Kipnis 2b
Hafner dh
Brantley cf
Santana c
Kotchman 1b
Lopez 3b
Damon lf
McAllister p

BREAKING: The Rays are looking to go into the four-day All-Star break on a winning note with an afternoon game against the Indians today.

Veteran RHP James Shields, who has had a couple of rough outings, will be on the mound for the Rays against Indians RHP Zach McAllister.

INF Elliot Johnson is expected back in the Rays lineup today after getting (most of) Saturday off.

The heat has relented a bit, which should help.

After the game, two Rays are headed to Kansas City for the All-Sta Game - LHP David Price and RHP Fernando Rodney.


[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:39am]


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