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For starters, Rays vs Jays

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September

Update 5:52 p.m. With the Rays coming off back-to-back wins, manager Joe Maddon rolled out the same lineup tonight as yesterday, a rare copying of the card. "What's wrong with me?" Maddon joked.

*Maddon said he hoped there would be some carryover from Thursday's dramatic, come-from-behind victory over the Jays, thanks to a six-run ninth inning rally. He still had the players arrive late, with no batting practice, and liked that Matt Joyce - for example- showed up around 4:50 p.m.

*Maddon likes the groove RHP James Shields is in right now, optimistic he'll give them a good start.

*RHP Jeff Niemann played catch today for the first time since suffering rotator cuff inflammation in a Sept 1 start. He made 35 throws from 60 feet, saying he felt good. Though with 12 games to go, it would appear unlikely he's ready to pitch by then, Niemann smiled and said he'll do his best to "cram" it in.

Rays lineup
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Keppinger 2b
Scott dh
Pena 1b
Molina c
Shields rhp

Developing: The Rays are coming off back-to-back wins -- including a "magical" come-from-behind, walkoff against the Red Sox Thursday -- and will try to keep their slim hopes alive tonight in starting a three-game series with the Blue Jays.

RHP James Shields will be on the mound, with RH Carlos Villanueva going for the Jays.

Tampa Bay remains 5 1/2 games of the second wild card with 12 games to go. 

Lineups, and more, to come...

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

[Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 12:39am]

    

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