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For starters, Rays-Rockies, with Burrell in right



UPDATE: Coors Field is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m., though the game is expected to start as scheduled if conditions don't worsen.

The Rays are looking to extend their major-league high winning streak games to seven tonight, and Pat Burrell will be in rightfield.

Manager Joe Maddon is making the somewhat surprising move - given the Rays' emphasis on defense, and Burrell's shortcomings in that area - to take advantage of his 11-for-16 career numbers against Rockies starter Aaron Cook.
Burrell hasn't played in the outfield during the regular season, and only a handful of time during the spring (11 innings in rightfield, six in left). He was the Phillies regular leftfielder much of the previous eight seasons, though last season he was usually removed for a defensive replacement.

The other change is that Michel Hernandez will be behind the plate to catch David Price.

Here is the lineup:
Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Zobrist, 2b
Burrell, rf
Bartlett, ss
Hernandez, c
Price, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:48am]


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