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For starters, Rays vs Jays, with Shoppach at cleanup

Update 5:34 p.m. The lineup was designed to face Jays RHP Shaun Marcum, who is very tough against lefties (they're hitting .169 against him), with Shoppach just another option at cleanup.


SS Jason Bartlett (hamstring strain) went through another workout and drills today, and manager Joe Maddon said the athletic training staff was very happy with how it went; he could be ready to come off the DL by next Tuesday at the earliest.

*Maddon praised CF B.J. Upton for his improved at-bats recently, from him going the opposite way to accepting his walks; he noted how Upton really wanted the opportunity to bat leadoff in Bartlett's absence, and he's taking advantage of it.

Developing: The Rays will face the Jays again tonight at Tropicana Field, and once again they have a different twist in the lineup.

Kelly Shoppach will DH and hit cleanup behind Evan Longoria. B.J. Upton, who has looked good at leadoff recently, will be in the top spot again.

Rays lineup
Upton cf
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Shoppach dh
Rodriguez 2b
Zobrist rf
Pena 1b
Navarro c
Brignac ss
Price lhp


[Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 12:15am]


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