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For starters, Rays at Red Sox, with no Upton



Update 5:50 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon said CF B.J. Upton is out with a right quad injury, which was suffered in Tuesday night's game.


Maddon said Upton, who had a pinch-hit triple Tuesday, didn't know how the injury occurred, but didn't feel good when trying to test it before Wednesday's game. Maddon is hoping by not starting Upton, he could be available later in the game to pinch hit, but for now, he's day-to-day.

*Maddon said Crawford's throwing in left field has been "adequate," but acknowledges they're going to try to position their outfield better to help cover him. He said he's not worried about Crawford altering his mechanics or hurting himself further, but they'll definitely watch him closely.

With Maddon saying Crawford doesn't like to DH, it looks like the All-Star will try to work through the sore shoulder on the field. It certainly doesn't effect him at the plate, as Crawford picked up four hits Tuesday night.

Developing: The Rays will finish a two game series tonight against the Red Sox, and B.J. Upton is out of the lineup for the second straight night.

It is possible Upton might have tweaked something on his pinch-hit triple last night, as he spent some time in the trainer's room today.

Carl Crawford is back in left, saying his shoulder is still sore when he throws, just something he says he has to work through. He said he can only throw about 70 percent, and acknowledges teams may take chances on him on the bases as his arm recovers.

Gabe Kapler is back in the clubhouse, saying he enjoyed his time in Port Charlotte and his hip is fully healthy.

Rays lineup
Zobrist cf
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Jaso dh
Rodriguez 2b
Shoppach c
Bartlett ss
Garza rhp

Red Sox lineup
Scutaro ss
Patterson lf
Ortiz dh
Youkilis 1b
Beltre 3b
Hall 2b
Varitek c
McDonald rf
Cameron cf
Matsuzaka rhp

-- JOE SMITH, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Friday, July 30, 2010 12:15am]


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