For starters, Rays-Jays, seeking a sweep (again)

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UPDATE, 6:05: Maddon's lineup changes came with interesting explanations - Pena is moved up in the order, with Longoria behind him, to force teams to pitch to him, that if he remained fifth "he doesn't see anything anywhere near the strike zone,'' and that Zaun is behind the plate (rather than Dioner Navarro, who normally would start vs. a lefty) because of the good work Zaun did last time Kazmir was on the mound, and the success they had.

UPDATE, 3:50: LF Carl Crawford said his stiff back feels better today and he is a little more confident about being ready by Friday in Detroit.
 
Also, manager Joe Maddon changed the lineup a bit tonight, with Pena and Kapler moving up and C Gregg Zaun starting against a lefty:
 
Bartlett ss
Zobrist 2b
Pena 1b
Longoria 3b
Burrell dh
Kapler lf
Zaun c
Upton cf
Gross rf
Kazmir p
 
And for the Jays:
Scutaro ss
Hill 2b
Wells cf
Millar 1b
Ruiz dh
Bautista lf
Snider rf
McDonald 3b
Chavez c
Rzepczynski p


 

The Rays will be aiming for their sixth sweep of a three-game series this season and their second on the road, when they face the Jays tonight with resurgent Scott Kazmir on the mound.

But to get the sweep, they'll have to buck their nasty habit of not finishing strong. They have had six other opportunities to complete a sweep and lost the last game, and are just 19-21 on getaway days.

Also, the Tigers made a change in their pitching plans for the four-game series that starts Friday in Detroit, but the Rays still won't face former teammate Edwin Jackson. Armando Galarraga was sent down due to an elbow issue, with rookie Rick Porcello now moving up to start Friday and LHP Nate Robertson coming off the DL to start Saturday.

No lineups yet ....

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:50am]

    

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