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For starters, Rays at Jays, with Kotchman scratched



UPDATE, 12:56: Jays lineup:
Escobar ss
Thames lf
Bautista rf
Lind 1b
Encarnacion dh
Johnson 2b
Lawrie 3b
Arencibia c
Wise cf
Perez p

UPDATE, 12:20: 
Maddon said Kotchman had a sore throat and wasn't feeling well but offered to play, and since Maddon had been looking for a day to rest him anyway decided that this was it. Also, that Rodriguez - who started a game last year at first - was the best choice for a replacement, with Johnson moving to second and Brignac taking over at short, realizing the matchup isn't good with Perez but keeping the defense strong. Part of that was Maddon's commitment to give Zobrist a partial day off his feet as the DH, as the Rays played seven games at home on the turf and then four here. Fuld is in the lineup because Maddon said he battles lefties well.

UPDATE, 11:20: Lineup change as 1B Casey Kotchman was scratched with flu-like symptoms, with Sean Rodriguez going to first, Elliot Johnson to second and Reid Brignac into the lineup at short.

New lineup:
Jennings lf,
Fuld rf,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist dh,
Upton cf,
S-Rod 1b,
Shoppach c,
Johnson 2b,
Brignac ss,
Niemann p

UPDATE, 10:55: Rays lineup heavy on righthanders, so no Damon or Joyce or Brignac or Jaso (but Fuld):
Jennings lf,
Fuld rf,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist dh,
Upton cf,
Rodriguez 2b,
Kotchman 1b,
Shoppach c,
Johnson ss,
Niemann p

DEVELOPING: Fresh off Friday's crisp win - which featured James Shields' 10th complete game and Evan Longoria's 23rd and 24th homers - the Rays are back at against the Blue Jays today, with a 1:07 start.

Jeff Niemann, whose seven-game winning streak ended in his last outing, will be on the mound for the Rays against converted Jays reliever LHP Luis Perez.

B.J. Upton, who was claimed on trade waivers this week, is expected to be in the lineup, having returned Friday after being limited for three games due to a mild right shoulder strain.


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