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For starters, Rays at O's, seeking improvement

UPDATE, 12:44: Add Rodriguez to the list of injured Rays, as he is out of the lineup due to soreness in his left pec, the result, he thinks of making two diving stops, and not the collision with C Matt Wieters on Friday. Maddon said it's "nothing serious, but nevertheless it is sore.'' Rodriguez said he could have played, and Maddon said he is available for defense. ... LF Desmond Jennings remains at a plateau in his recovery from a left knee sprain and Maddon said they will continue to evaluate whether he should be placed on the DL.  Maddon: "Not quite yet, but we have to make a decision pretty soon"... OF/1B Brandon Allen is showing improvement with his quad strain and could go on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday. ... Maddon he went with Gimenez in a day game after a night game over Molina based on matchups and because of the heat.

UPDATE, 10:58: Rays lineup, with Jennings still out:

Zobrist rf
Upton cf
Joyce lf
Scott dh
Pena 1b
Keppinger 3b
Rhymes 2b
Gimenez c
Johnson ss
Shields p

BREAKING: The Rays are taking on the field for a Mother's Day matinee in Baltimore today seeking to snap an extended skid in which they've lost three straight and six of seven, dropping two games behind the Orioles at 20-14.

Mistakes have been a major problem, a combination of being shorthanded and having several players in unfamiliar positions and a series of bad decisions and mental lapses. Saturday, they made a team-record tying five errors, including three in one inning.

1B Carlos Pena is back in the lineup today after getting Saturday off, but Sean Rodriguez - who has a 10-game hitting streak and is their best defensive infielder, is off today. 

Ace James Shields will be on the mound, in the familiar role of trying to stop a losing streak, and improve on his 5-1 record. The O's are starting Jake Arrieta.


[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:41am]


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