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UPDATE, 6:12: Maddon admitted that C John Jaso played his way into the lineup tonight based on his strong Friday game, adding that Jose Lobaton (left knee) is now healthy and capable of starting. ... Maddon said a key to their chances right now is having the confidence to believe they can make the playoffs, and he likes the signs he has seen: "I really believe, we all believe, that we have a solid chance to do this. And that's the only way that we can. If there's any doubters, it's not going to happen.'' ... CF B.J. Upton said the cramping that nearly forced him to miss the ninth inning Friday was "weird" in that it happened during his previous at-bat affecting his left hand, left forearm and the toes in his left foot.

UPDATE, 3:27: Rays lineup, a lot like Friday's expect for Rodriguez at shortstop:
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Longoria 3b
Zobrist 2b
Damon dh
Joyce rf
Kotchman 1b
Jaso c
Rodriguez ss
Hellickson p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to keep creeping closer to the wild-card spot and putting pressure on the Red Sox tonight. having narrowed the gap to 5 1/2 games with Friday's win.

Rookie of the Year candidate Jeremy Hellickson, coming off a complete game against Baltimore, will be on the mound for the Rays, taking on Boston rookie fill-in Kyle Weiland.

An interesting quote from last night, courtesy of the Boston Globe, from former Ray Carl Crawford:  "hey have a bunch of young guys. They’re going to play hard until the end. They have all that energy. It’s their time of the year, they like to try and finish strong. "

The Sox will again be without 3B Kevin Youkilis, who was examined and treated in Boston on Friday for a hip problem.

The Boston lineup:
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Reddick RF
Crawford LF
Lowrie 3B
Scutaro SS
Saltalamacchia C
Weiland P

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