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For starters, Rays at Orioles, needing to win



UPDATE, 11:30: Maddon said his three biggest questions in putting together the lineup were Jennings availability, Longoria's position and figuring out 1B. Jennings felt really good so he is back in left. Longoria, who probably ran his hardest Wednesday night since coming off the DL "felt like he needed to DH today.'' That left 1B, and with Jeff Keppinger at 3B, it came down to Luke Scott or Carlos Pena, both lefties, against Chen. Maddon said Scott matched up a little better. The other option - with Sean Rodriguez still out - was to play Elliot Johnson at 3B and Keppinger at 1B. ... Maddon continued his defense of Rich Thompson, saying he did not make a mistakes in his baserunning in the 9th Wednesday, just that O's rookie 3B Manny Machado made a good play to fake his throw and catch Thompson off base. ... Maddon said they haven't set the rotation yet beyond this weekend, preferring to go "series by series" at this time of year. Chris Archer is expected to get one of the starts vs. Boston.

O's lineup:
McLouth lf
Hardy ss
Betemit dh
Jones cf
Davis rf
Machado 3b
Reynolds 1b
Andino 2b
Teagarden c
Chen p

UPDATE, 10:32: Jennings is back in the Rays lineup, and Longoria is at DH.
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria dh
Francisco rf
Keppinger 3b
Roberts 2b
Scott 1b
Gimenez c
Hellickson p

BREAKING: Technically, the situation is not dire. But emotionally, after losing twice to the Orioles, the Rays are looking at today's game that way, CF B.J. Upton pronouncing it a must-win situation.


"We've got to win (today)," centerfielder B.J. Upton said. "We felt like we had to win (Wednesday), but reality is we've got to win (today). We've got no choice. If we want to end up where we want to be, we have to win the game (today), and we have to win the series in New York."

The Rays will have RHP Jeremy Hellickson on the mound, and after abbreviated outings by their starters the last two nights will be looking for him to go deep into the game. The O's are starting LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:39am]


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