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For starters, Rays at Indians, with no Upton

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Update 12:45 p.m. Now that the Cleveland streak/curse is over, manager Joe Maddon was asked if he kept the scorecard from Saturday's game to remember it.

"That's a great idea," he said. "Or put that in the Cleveland Hall of Fame up here."

Not much news out of Maddon's pre-game session. He said the lineup looks like it does because he wanted to stack left-handed hitters against Indians RHP Justin Masterson, who is tough on righties, "If I had two more lefties, I'd put them out there too," he said. CF B.J. Upton is available to pinch-hit later in the game.

*Maddon has been pleased with how SS Jason Bartlett has looked at the plate, hitting .362 over his last 15 games.
"He's looking a lot better," Maddon said. "You saw the base hits to rightfiefld coming back. He's hitting more balls on a line as opposed to fly balls, a lot of the recipe that was going on last year when he was very successful." Maddon said he wouldn't rule out Bartlett returning to the leadoff spot, if his hitting continues, but is also happy with what Ben Zobrist has done this series.

Developing: With the frustrating, 18-game losing streak in Cleveland now in the books, with Rays will wrap up their three-game series- and nine-game road trip - with a matinee today at Progressive Field.

Right-hander Wade Davis will be on the mound, looking to win his third straight start. The lineup has a little twist, with Ben Zobrist in centerfield, as B.J. Upton likely has a day off.

That also gives a chance for Matt Joyce to get back in rightfield. He's had a lot of starts at DH, but manager Joe Maddon said he'd like to get Joyce back in the outfield when he can because he believes he hits better when he's in the field.

Rays lineup
Zobrist cf
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Aybar dh
Jaso c
Brignac 2b
Bartlett ss
Davis rhp

Indians
Brantley cf
Cabrera ss
Choo rf
Santana c
LaPorta 1b
Hafner dh
Nix 2b
Crowe lf
Marte 3b
Masterson rhp

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:15am]

    

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