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For starters, Rays vs. Rangers, seeking "meatloaf"



UPDATE, 12:22: Baseball America named the Angels' Mike Trout as minor league player of the year over Rays LHP Matt Moore.

UPDATE, 12:11: Maddon said C Jose Lobaton should be able to play by Friday. ... Maddon put Ruggiano in rightfield today and DH'd Guyer because he felt Guyer wasn't yet comfortable with the Trop roof and he wanted to keep the defense as strong as possible behind Price. ... Kotchman was originally to be off today, but when Maddon asked Kotchman said he was good to play given that they are off Thursday. ... Though the players are talking about the upcoming Red Sox series, Maddon acknowledged that it would be important to win today and go in with some momentum. ... The Rays made a couple of moves at the minor-league level, promoting Ps Matt Bush and Jim Paduch from Montgomery to Durham so they will on the playoff roster, and dropping Brian Baker and Lance Cormier. ... CF B.J. Upton today will play his 800th game for the Rays, moving past Aubrey Huff for second most in team history (behind Carl Crawford). ... The Rays next win will be No. 1,000 in franchise history.

Rangers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
Andrus ss
Hamilton lf
Young 1b
Beltre 3b
Napoli c
Murphy rf
Torrealba dh
Gentry cf
Holland p

UPDATE, 10:05: Rays lineup, with another different look:
Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist 2b,
Rodriguez ss,
Guyer dh,
Kotchman 1b,
Shoppach c,
Ruggiano rf,
Price p

DEVELOPING: Manager Joe Maddon has a catchphrase about the importance of winning series, playing off the once-popular song by the once-popular Meat Loaf: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.

And with their hopes to get back in the postseason race slipping away, the Rays, after splitting the first two games against Texas, today are in need of some "meatloaf."

They'll have LHP David Price on the mound, which should help. But the Rangers will have LHP Derek Holland, and that likely will make it tougher.

Also, today is the Senior Prom for Senior Citizens, so Todd Kalas should have plenty to do during the telecast.


[Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2011 12:15am]


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