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Before getting back to baseball, a half dozen Rays were playing a little football at Camden Yards, with equipment manager Chris Westmoreland the QB.

UPDATE, 5:59: Maddon sounded eager to use Moore, but said he won't force the situation and is open to using Moore against right- or left-handed hitters. Also, at least initially, he is likely to use him to start an inning to help in his transition to the bullpen. Moore said he hasn't worked in relief since high school but doesn't think it will be a major issue. ... Not much of an update on Kyle Farnsworth, who continues to receive treatment for his tender elbow, but since he didn't play catch today it means it likely will be at least a few more days until he can return. ... Principal owner Stu Sternberg is here and had a lot to say about the team. He also has something of a theme for this season: "Wonderfully improbable." ... Maddon is confident the Rays won't have a letdown coming off the weekend sweep, saying every game is important and "the playoffs began for us on Sept. 9.''  

UPDATE, 3:47: Rays lineup, just like Sunday:
Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist 2b,
Damon dh,
Rodriguez ss,
Kotchman 1b,
Lobaton c,
Guyer rf,
Niemann p


DEVELOPING: Fresh off their sweep of the Red Sox and riding a wave of confidence (and suddenly atttracting all kinds of media attention), the Rays open a three-game series against the Orioles.

RHP Jeff Niemann, coming off a pair of rough starts against the Rangers, will be on the mound for the Rays against Orioles left Zach Britton.

The Rays' biggest concern has to be guarding against a letdown, though manager Joe Maddon was confident that wouldn't be the case. With the Red Sox off today, the Rays have a chance to move within three games of the wild-card lead.

The Rays rapid rise to contention has created some buzz, and so too has the addition of lefty Matt Moore, the touted top prospect who will join the shorthanded bullpen.

The Rays certainly aren't showing any signs of being tight: Early this afternoon, a half dozen were in the outfield of Camden Yards playing football - Johnny Damon, Sean Rodriguez, Wade Davis, Sam Fuld, Elliot Johnson and Justin Ruggiano.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:15am]


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