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For starters, Rays vs. Angels (and no Weaver)

UPDATE, 12:41: Good news for the Rays on the medical front - OF Sam Fuld has only some slight bruising on his left eyelid after scary incident Saturday when bunted ball struck him on eyelid, had concussion tests and CAT scan on Saturday night, all cleared. ... INF Sean Rodriguez played catch and took swings and had no trouble from dislocated left pinky, and is cleared to play today. ... Maddon said he told rookie starter Alex Cobb not to worry too much about the scouting reports and just focus on throwing his game today in his debut. ... When Evan Longoria returns to the lineup Tuesday, Maddon said he won't necessarily go back in the No. 3 spot. ... Also, with the next two Monday's off the Rays are considering reconfiguring their rotation, which sounds like a plan to keep at least Price and Shields on as close to regular rest as possible.

UPDATE, 11:40: Confirmed that Weaver won't start.

DEVELOPING: The Rays seem to have caught a huge break before even taking the field today as the Angels have scratched Jered Weaver - he of the 6-0 record and 0.99 ERA - from today's start and have Tyler Chatwood on the lineup card.

Weaver was feeling ill with some type of virus on Saturday, according to an Angels spokesman, but is feeling better this morning and could try to talk his way back into the lineup.

Chatwood (2-1, 3.86) was to start against Boston on Monday. He is a 21-year-old rookie who was a second round pick in 2008.

The Rays, meanwhile, apparently got good news on OF Sam Fuld's condition as he is back in the lineup after the scary incident Saturday when he tried to bunt and the ball glanced off his bat and struck him above the left eye.

RHP Alex Cobb, a 23-year-old prospect called up from Triple-A Durham, will make his debut for the Rays today, as they fill a spot in the rotation created by Tuesday's rainout, which pushed RHP Wade Davis back a day.

Here is that the Rays have planned:
Fuld lf
Damon dh
Upton cf
Joyce rf
Zobrist 2b
Kotchman 1b
Lopez 3b
Jaso c
Brignac ss
Cobb p

And here is the Angels lineup:
Aybar ss
Abreu dh
Kendrick 2b
Hunter rf
Callaspo 3b
Wells lf
Conger c
Trumbo 1b
Bourjos cf
Chatwood p



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