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For starters, Rays-Orioles without Aki, Burrell

UPDATE, 6:08: Iwamura was scheduled to be off, as Maddon said he thought he looked "a little bit fatigued" and mentioned that Iwamura played in the World Baseball Classic during spring training.
But Burrell was sidelined again by lingering stiffness in his neck, and Maddon indicated it could be an ongoing situation and might require further evaluation.
"It has been a little bit ongoing,'' Maddon said. "I'm not sure yet; right now we're calling it day to day. You can just see him walking around it's just a little bit stoked up and he just can't get it loose. He got it loose the other day to play against the Red Sox, but today it's still bothersome.''

Burrell will be available to pinch-hit, Maddon said.

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For anyone who disagreed with manager Joe Maddon rest Carlos Pena on Sunday night, he's giving two more regulars the day off tonight, as 2B Akinori Iwamura and DH Pat Burrell are not in the lineup against O's lefty Mark Hendrickson. Ben Zobrist is at second and Willy Aybar at DH.

A number of Rays took early batting practice this afternoon. Here are the lineups:

Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Aybar, dh
Zobrist, 2b
Bartlett, ss
Kapler, rf
Navarro, c
Sonnanstine, p

Roberts, 2b
Jones, cf
Markakis, rf
Huff, 1b
Mora, 3b
Montanez, dh
Zaun, c
Pie, lef
Izturis, ss
Hendrickson, p

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