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For starters, Rays vs. Rangers, with no margin



UPDATE, 11:07: Maddon remains confident that the Rays will rebound today, based on their experiences of the last month. "We played this game several times this month, we're just playing it again, that's all,'' he said. "Going into this game, I know we can do this, I think our players know we can do this. We've had two-game winning streaks before. Definitely, it's not a reach.

Rangers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
Andrus ss
Hamilton cf
Young dh
Beltre 3b
Napoli c
Cruz rf
Murphy lf
Moreland 1b
Harrison p

UPDATE, 10:45: Maddon said he likes the matchup of Hellickson against the Rangers, but also acknowledged that the rookie righthander will be on something of a short leash today. All pitchers except for David Price and scheduled Game 5 starter James Shields will be available today if needed, including Matt Moore. Maddon said Kyle Farnsworth was available last night and should be again today.

UPDATE, 10:35: Rays lineup looks like it did for Games 1 and 2. Also Maddon said it was "inappropriate" for fans to boo J.P. Howell last night and that the loss was not his fault.

Rays lineup:
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Longoria 3b
Zobrist 2b
Damon dh
Shoppach c
Rodriguez ss
Kotchman 1b
Joyce rf
Hellickson p

DEVELOPING:  The Rays are regrouping at the Trop this morning for the fourth and they hope not final game of the AL Division Series with the Rangers.

Rookie RHP Jeremy Hellickson will be on the mound for the Rays against Rangers LHP Matt Harrison.

The Rays won't take batting practice today, as is their routine for day games.

If the Rays win today, they will fly top Dallas on Wednesday and play Game 5 on Thursday in Arlington. If they lose today, their season is over.


[Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:15am]


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