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For starters, Rays vs. Mariners w/no Longoria

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UPDATE, 3:59: 3B Evan Longoria is not in the Rays lineup tonight, just the second time this season has hasn't been, last on May 23 in Houston. Manager Joe Maddon said he had been looking for a day to rest him, and apparently decided on today. Sean Rodriguez is at third.

Here is the lineup:
Upton cf,
Bartlett ss,
Crawford lf,
Aybar dh,
Zobrist 2b,
Shoppach c,
Pena 1b,
Rodriguez 3b,
Jennings rf,
Niemann p

DEVELOPING: The Rays, coming off a huge split of a four-game series in New York, will try to keep their momentum against the Mariners (58-94), which boast the worst record in the American League.

Righthander Jeff Niemann will start for Tampa Bay, having struggled since coming off the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, going 0-4 with a 14.43 ERA in five starts. But the Rays feel like he's getting closer to getting back to the form that made him one of their most consistent starters since last season.

Lineups to come...

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Sunday, October 24, 2010 12:15am]

    

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