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For starters, Rays at Jays, with Upton back





UPDATE, 6:02: Maddon said Upton should be good to go on an everyday basis unless something changes. Also, even though Brignac has started four times in six games, Maddon said he has not necessarily won back his share of the starting job. ... Maddon said there has been no talk of hurricane-related issues impacting the Rays schedule here in Toronto. ... Also, Maddon revealed that Tigers pitcher Brad Penny called him on Thursday morning to explain his actions in Tuesday's game and that Maddon believed Penny's explanation of his comments: "I don't call people liars.'' ... Funny anecdote related to David Price's 26th birthday on Friday - Brignac took him to lunch for Vietnamese food but Brignac's credit card wouldn't go through, so Price ended up paying.

UPDATE, 4:50: Upton's take on his shoulder was simply, "Good enough,'' but he said he should be back in the lineup to stay, with no special handling needed. ... Jays manager John Farrell won't be here tonight, having left Thursday's game with some chest discomfort and been diagnosed with pneumonia. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will manage, and Farrell could be back on Saturday. The Jays did claim OF Dewayne Wise on waivers and are expected to put Colby Rasmus on the DL with Wise arrives on Saturday.

Jays lineup:
Escobar ss
Thames lf
Bautista rf
Lind 1b
Encarnacion dh
Lawrie 3b
Johnson 2b
Molina c
McCoy cf
Alvarez p


UPDATE, 3:43: Upton is indeed back in the Rays lineup, and the batting order looks like it did before he got hurt, with Matt Joyce back to the 7th spot. Also Reid Brignac is starting again.

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

DEVELOPING: After losing three of four to the Tigers, the Rays try to get back on the winning track tonight - and keep their increasingly faint postseason hopes alive - in the opener of a four-game series at Toronto.

RHP James Shields will be on the mound for the Rays tonight, and the Jays are starting hard-throwing rookie Henderson Alvarez.

The Rays are working in an impressive streak - their 10 consecutive starts of 7 or more innings is the longest by any team since June 11-23, 2003, when the Mariners had 11. After that, you have to go back to the 1994 Dodgers, who went 16 straight from June 25–July 10.

CF B.J. Upton may be back in the Rays lineup for the first time since straining his right shoulder on Monday.


[Last modified: Sunday, September 25, 2011 12:15am]


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