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For starters, Rays-O's with Bartlett at DH



UPDATE, 6:09: Maddon was expecting a small contingent from Lafayette College, and they apparently just arrived - seven women wearing Maddon- style black  glasses and white t-shirts with I Love Joey around Maddon's picture on the front, and Pino Maddoninni Fan Club on the back. 

Also, Maddon said he was indeed giving Bartlett a chance to get off his feet and hit, and that Burrell would return on Tuesday. Maddon also said he wasn't inclined to sit the regulars in favor of youngsters such as SS Reid Brignac and OF Fernando Perez because he wants to give the veterans a chance to finish strong.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are seeking, trying, hoping to snap their 11-game losing streak - longest in the majors this season and matching the worst by a defending league champion - tonight against the Orioles.

In what must be a reward for playing both games on Sunday, Jason Bartlett gets a half-day off tonight with DH duty as Reid Brignac starts at short and Pat Burrell is on the bench.

Also, the Orioles have decided to shut down rookie LHP Brian Matusz, so they will need a starter for Thursday.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Bartlett DH
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Zobrist rf
Richard 1b
Zaun c
Iwamura 2b
Upton cf
Brignac ss
Price p

And for the Orioles
Roberts 2b
Izturis ss
Markakis rf
Reimold lf
Mora 3b
Wieters c
Scott dh
Wigginton 1b
Fiorentino cf
Hernandez p 

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:51am]


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