For starters, Rays vs. Angels, and Pujols

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UPDATE, 6:28: Referencing the incident in Sunday's game involving former NBA player Matt Geiger knocking a ball away from 1B Carlos Pena, Maddon said he would hope Trop fans know in the future to clear out and make room for a Rays player to make a catch. But if it's the Rays hitting the ball, "and their guy comes into the stands, go ahead and maul him, that's fine.''

UPDATE, 6:15: Maddon, still bothered by a lingering cold, said he knows Pujols is going to get hot and start hitting homers, he just hopes it doesn't happen for another few days. "It's just startling,'' Maddon said. "It's early in the season, he's in a new enviroment, that ballpark can be tough especially at night out there. ... He's going to hit his share. He's going to hit his share by the end of the year. I'll guarantee that. I'll do the Joe Willie thing, I guarantee you that. So it's just a matter of time. Hopefully he waits a couple more days before he really gets it going. He's pretty good.'' .... Maddon said he'd like to see Price be more aggressive in his start tonight. ... The expected minor-league deal with OF/DH Hideki Mastsui is not yet final, so Maddon declined any specific comment, but did acknowledge that addiitonal depth is a good thing.

UPDATE, 3:43: Angels lineup, with Pujols hitting third:
Aybar ss
Kendrick 2b
Pujols 1b
Hunter dh
Trumbo rf
Wells lf
Izturis 3b
Ianetta c
Bourjos cf
Santana p


UPDATE, 3:40:
Rays lineup, in somewhat regular form:

Jennings lf
Zobrist 2b
Pena 1b
Longoria 3b
Scott dh
Joyce rf
Upton cf
Molina c
S-Rod ss
Price p

BREAKING: The Rays are back in action tonight at Tropicana Field against the Angels and Albert Pujols.

LHP David Price will be on the mound for the Rays, who have won four of their last five.

Pujols has gone 65 at-bats into his first season with the Angels without a home run, his longest homer-less streak at the start of a season, and is hitless in his last 12 at-bats.

Pujols has done well in limited opportunity as a Cardinal against the Rays, with a .346 average, and .991 OPS, in six games, including two homers and sox RBIs. In three games at the Trop, he is 4-for-12 with a homer and 4 RBIs.

 

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