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For starters, Rays-Royals, with Aybar at second



UPDATE, 6:02: Manager Joe Maddon said he put Aybar at second because he wanted to get him some at-bats, and that it was a good opportunity to do so, figuring Scott Kazmir is primarily a fly ball pitcher to the difference in defense at second base between Aybar and Ben Zobrist won't be much of a factor. And he said he doesn't consider there to be a difference between Zobrist and Gabe Gross in rightfield.

He also said Dioner Navarro will return behind the plate Sunday, then be off again on Monday as the Rays seek to monitor him a bit.

NEWS: The Rays are looking to make it two straight against the Royals tonight.

They'll have a slightly different look against K.C. ace Zack Greinke, with Willy Aybar at second and Ben Zobrist in right.
As expected, Michel Hernandez will be behind the plate rather than Dioner Navarro.

The lineup:
Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Zobrist, rf
Burrell, dh
Aybar, 2b
Bartlett, ss
Hernandez, c
Kazmir, p

And for the Royals:
DeJesus lf
Bloomquist cf
Butler 1b
Guillen dh
Teahen rf
Olivo c
Gordon 3b
Callaspo 2b
Bentancourt ss
Greinke p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:49am]


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