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For starters, Rays vs. Jays, with a new-look lineup

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UPDATE, 6:01: Maddon said the lineup change is being done primarily to provide more RBI opportunities for Pena and Longoria, as Zobrist is usually a high on-base percentage guy. Also that it should Zobrist, hitting only .216 a different look, without concern of being in an RBI spot. Maddon said he had been thinking about it for a few games. .. B.J. Upton remains on track to return Friday, as he plays a rehab doubleheader tonight in Montgomery, Ala., though Maddon didn't rule out Upton being here on Thursday. When he returns Upton will go back to CF and hit somewhere in the middle of the order. ... Sounds like the Jays are going through the process to have the scoring decision on the first Longoria errror/potential Arencibia hit from Tuesday reviewed. ... Longoria said among the people he heard from after the 3-error game was Don Zimmer, who called this morning to tease him that it won't be his only such game.

UPDATE, 5:58: Jays lineup: 
Escobar ss
Johnson 2b
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Lind 1b
Lawrie 3b
Davis lf
Rasmus cf
Mathis c
Morrow p

BREAKING
: The Rays try, again, against the Blue Jays tonight, with a new look to their lineup and David Price on the mound.

The biggest change involved moving Ben Zobrist into the No. 2 spot, with Carlos Pena dropping to third and Evan Longoria to fourth.

Price, meanwhile, takes the mound saying he has the best stuff of his life, though only a 1-1, 4.82 record to show for it. Of major concern to Price will be Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who is 9-for-27 with four homers off him.

Here is the Rays lineup:

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

[Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:40am]

    

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