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For starters, Rays-Marlins, with no Pena, Aki, Navi

UPDATE, 6:04: The forecast has improved, and manager Joe Maddon said they are expected to play tonight, starting on time and not interrupted. Maddon explained that he wanted to rest the three regalrs, and that he may do the same on Sunday with SS Jason Bartlett, thus giving Reid Brignac a start.

No word on Maddon's contract extension being announced, and though there are not believed to be any hitches it may not be finalized until next week.

NEWS: Manager Joe Maddon was looking to rest a couple of the regulars, and he decided on Saturday for some of the lefty hitters against Marlins rookie lefty Sean West - 1B Carlos Pena, 2B Akinori Iwamura and C Dioner Navarro are off.

Assuming the heavy rain falling this afternoon subsides, here is who will play:
Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Aybar, 1b
Bartlett, ss
 Zobrist, 2b
Kapler, rf
Hernandez, c
Niemann, p

And for the Marlins:
Bonifacio, 3b
Hermida, rf
Ramirez, ss
Cantu, 1b
Uggla, 2b
Ross, cf
Paulino, c
Coghlan, lf
West, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:47am]


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