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For starters, Rays-Jays, with Pena 6th, Bartlett out



UPDATE, 12:27: Manager Joe Maddon said he dropped Pena down to take some pressure off him, and will stick with that "for a bit,''  alternating Pena and Pat Burrell in the Nos. 5 and 6 spots depending on whether they are facing a righty or a lefty, with Zobrist in the cleanup spot.

Maddon talked with Pena about the move Saturday morning, and Pena said he was fine with it and viewed it as a positve: "no objections here." He also said, "It's not about me, it's about the Tampa Bay Rays.''

Bartlett is fine, just getting a regular day off and is available - and likely to play - if the Rays have a lead late. Also, RHP Lance Cormier said his left foot, hit by a ball Thursday, was fine.

NEWS:  The Rays are looking for their sixth win of the roadtrip, and with a different look to the lineup today as struggling Carlos Pena was dropped to sixth in the order vs. lefty Brian Tallet.

Also, SS Jason Bartlett is off today, with Ben Zobrist at shortstop and batting cleanup and Willy Aybar at second.
The lineup:
Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Zobrist, ss
Burrell, dh
Pena, 1b
Kapler, rf
Aybar, 2b
Navarro, c
Price, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:49am]


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