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For starters, Rays-Twins, with Upton on top

UPDATE, 6:30: Sorting through all the injury updates may take a while, but the bottom line is this - the Rays still don't know when DH Pat Burrell (neck stiffness) will be back, but don't think it's going to be extraordinarily long; SS Jason Bartlett (left ankle sprain) may be out longer than the original two weeks; RHP Chad Bradford (elbow surgery) is doing well and will soon take his rehab to Double-A Montgomery; LHP Scott Kazmir (right quad strain) is starting a program to get his leg and then his mechanics right; LHP Brian Shouse (left elbow strain) has no timetable.

Also, Maddon and executive VP Andrew Friedman will meet soon with RHP Troy Percival, and Maddon said he still feels Percival may opt for retirement.

Got all that?

That was the bulk of manager Joe Maddon's pre-game session, though he did say he will continue to use Ben Zobrist and Willy Aybar at second, and once Bartlett returns Reid Brignac as well.
NEWS: Ignoring the opinions of a certain Times columnist, manager Joe Maddon is sticking with B.J. Upton on top of the Rays lineup tonight as they seek to break a five-game losing streak.

The Rays:
Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Aybar, dh
Zobrist, 2b
Gross, rf
Navarro, c
Brignac, ss
Shields, p

And the Twins:
Span, lf
Mauer, c
Morneau, 1b
Kubel, dh
Cuddyer, rf
Crede, 3b
Harris, ss
Tolbert, 2b
Gomez, cf
Baker, p

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