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UPDATE, 6:16: Maddon said he went with Jaso over Kelly Shoppach because Jays lefty starter Romero can be more vulnerable to lefty hitters so Maddon wanted to mix in a few rather than go all righthanded. ... First casualty of the Rays' pre-warmup football tossing - video coordinator Chris Fernandez, who strained his groin. Said Elliot Johnson: "He bit on the pump fake.'' .. Several players, led by Johnny Damon, attended a Sunday night concert featuring Incubus and the Night Watchmen, as Damon is friends with guitarist Tom Morello. ... The players are drinking extra fluids and will get electrolytes on the plane to Texas tonight to help prepare for the heat.

UPDATE, 3:41: The Rays lineup, with Upton:

Jennings lf,
Damon dh,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist 2b,
Kotchman 1b,
Upton cf,
Joyce rf,
Jaso c,
Rodriguez ss,
Davis p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are getting ready for tonight's game and the chance for a rare four-game sweep of the Jays.

They will have Wade Davis, who has pitched well without any wins to show for it over the last month, on the mound, against Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero.

The Rays also will have B.J. Upton in uniform, with no deal made through the mystery team waiver claim before the 1:30 deadline.

The Rays leave after tonight's game for Texas, where they open a three-game series, amid brutal heat, on Tuesday.

 From the Rays game notes:

Rays seek their first-ever 4-game sweep of the Blue Jays, and first at Rogers Centre (min. 3 games) since July 29-31, 2003...it could be their second 4-game sweep this month (Aug 8-11 vs. KC) and 10th in club history...the Rays also swept their last wrap-around (Friday-to-Monday) series, April 17-19, 2010 at BOS.

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