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Update 5:44 p.m. 3B Evan Longoria said his strained left quad is feeling better today, and he planned on going in the batting cage to "track" some pitches, trying to keep as sharp as he can while he's rehabbing this weekend. He continues to say he hopes to be ready towarde the middle or end of next week's series against the Orioles.


*With the lineup, Dan Johnson said he feels as comfortable as he can be at third base, and manager Joe Maddon said he's confident in Johnson there after hearing positive reports from Triple-A Durham and executive VP Andrew Friedman, who has watched Johnson play there. Johnson said the main thing he improved on, and the biggest adjustment he had to make at third, is his positioning. Maddon said Sean Rodriguez will likely be back at third base Sunday against lefty Luke French, and Johnson could play third against righthanders, until Longoria is back.

*Maddon said Rocco Baldelli will likely play Sunday, though they haven't decided whether it will be in rightfield or at DH.

Developing: The Rays, one night after moving back into first place in the American League East, will try to stay there with another game against the last-place Mariners.

RHP Matt Garza will start for the Rays, having struggled in recent starts. Manager Joe Maddon has said he wanted to get Brad Hawpe in the lineup, and he will be DH today. As expected, Dan Johnson will play third base for injured All-Star Evan Longoria.

Rays lineup
Jaso c
Zobrist 2b
Crawford lf
Johnson 3b
Joyce rf
Pena 1b
Hawpe dh
Upton cf
Brignac ss
Garza rhp

[Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 12:15am]


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