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For starters, Rays vs Orioles, with Johnson at short



Update: Today's game will start at 1:40


Update 12:50 p.m. It's starting to rain and the tarp has been put on the field, so we'll see if this 1:35 p.m. game starts on time. There is expected to be thunderstorms all day.

Update 12:37 p.m. Maddon said part of the reason OF Matt Joyce is out of the lineup today is that the Orioles are starting tough LHP Brian Matusz, but he added they were planning on giving Joyce off today anyway (prior to him missing Friday's game with post-injection soreness in his left shoulder).

Maddon said with Joyce's shoulder, and the Tigers throwing LHP Phil Coke Monday, it's possible Joyce could be out of the lineup again Monday, gearing up for the three game series against the Red Sox in which they'll start three righties, RHP Tim Wakefield, RHP Josh Beckett and RHP Clay Buchholz.

*OF Justin Ruggiano, who is hitting .421 (8-for-19) in his last five games, will make a sixth straight start, and is hitting in the No. 3 hole. Maddon said he likes Ruggiano there to get more people on base in front of Evan Longoria, and pointed out Ruggiano is one to accept his walks.

Maddon acknowledged that with the emergence of Ruggiano, and the fact he can hit righties, will impact the playing time of OF Sam Fuld, who has dropped off after his legendary start to the season. Fuld will still get his opportunties, but Ruggiano is the hot bat right now.

Developing: The Rays, coming off a big, 7-5, 11-inning win over the Orioles late Saturday night, will try to take the series with a matinee at Camden Yards this afternoon.

RHP Wade Davis, who is 3-0 in four starts in his career at this ballpark, hopes to bounce back from some recent struggles.

INF Elliot Johnson, activated from the disabled list after Saturday's game, will get the start at shortstop. Justin Ruggiano, who had a great catch to rob a homer last night, will make his sixth straight start, and play leftfield. There's no Matt Joyce in the lineup today, but that could be because the Orioles are starting LHP Brian Matusz.

Just a milestone watch, if DH Johnny Damon reaches base today, it will mark the 37th consecutive game he's completed the feat, tying a club record set by Ben Grieve in 2001.

The Rays took a late bus over to the park and will skip batting practice, typical for a Sunday day game following a night game.

Rays lineup
Damon dh
Zobrist rf
Ruggiano lf
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
Kotchman 1b
Johnson ss
Shoppach c
Davis rhp

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:15am]


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