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UPDATE, 6:10: Maddon said they may need another day or two to make a decision on Rodriguez, whose left pinky was "very sore" and swollen. Rodriguez said he doesn't expect to miss more than a day or two and doesn't consider the DL a possibility. He is expected to see Dr. Koco Eaton tonight. ... Maddon also said they were not yet ready to name Sunday's starter. That could be because long reliever Andy Sonnanstine isn't feeling well, but also could be because they are considering calling up one of their prospects, with RHP Alex Cobb and LHP Alex Torres the most likely options. ... Today was a significant day for Maddon - he woke up with a winning record as a Rays manager (418-417) for just the second time in his 5-plus years, having also been 7-6 on April 16, 2006.  Also, he became a grandfather for the third time early Friday morning.

UPDATE, 4:16: Rays lineup, without Rodriguez:
Fuld lf
Damon dh
Upton cf
Joyce rf
Zobrist 2b
Kotchman 1b
Lopez 3b
Jaso c
Brignac ss
Price p

DEVELOPING: The Rays have a late report time today following their early morning arrival from Minnesota after the long - though successful - day in Minnesota, and won't take batting practice on the field.

The biggest question is the condition of INF Sean Rodriguez's left pinky, which was dislocated on Thursday. He said he also tore a ligament. The issue is whether he can play through it as planned, needs a few days off or is headed to the DL, perhaps expediting the return of Evan Longoria.

Also of interest is the plan for Sunday's starter. Long reliever Andy Sonnanstine seems the likely choice, but the Rays still list "Undecided.' Other options include minor-league prospects LHP Alex Torres and RHP Alex Cobb.

No Rays lineup yet, but here is what the Angels have planned:
Bourjos cf
Abreu dh
Hunter rf
Wells lf
Kendrick 2b
Callaspo 3b
Aybar ss
Trumbo 1b
Mathis c
Santana p



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