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For starters, Rays vs Royals, seeking sweep

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Update 11:45 a.m Manager Joe Maddon said CF B.J. Upton is getting a day off, and he went with LF Sam Fuld over Matt Joyce because he's been working good at-bats against lefties (Fuld also is coming off tying his career-high by reaching base five times last night, including his walkoff triple and three walks). Maddon wasn't sure if Joyce would play tommorrow, with the Yankees throwing LHP CC Sabathia.

*There was a buzz in the clubhouse coming off Wednesday night's win, with veteran DH Johnny Damon saying they've still got some "fight," hoping to continue their momentum going into the upcoming road trip to New York and Boston.

*Maddon met with LHP Jake McGee a little today, talking about some of the mistakes the rookie has been making recently - having allowed homers in three consecutive outings. McGee said it was a matter of decision making on the mound, throwing inside too much to righthanders who are capable of pulling one out of the park in situations where he knows he could get hurt. "A learning moment," he said. McGee, however, did pick up his first big-league win in the process.

Update 9:54 a.m.  Here's the Rays lineup, with no CF B.J. Upton
Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Damon dh
Longoria 3b
Zobrist rf
Kotchman 1b
Rodriguez 2b
Fuld lf
Shoppach c
Johnson ss
Niemann rhp

And..... the Royals lineup

Royals lineup
Gordon lf
Cabrera cf
Butler dh
Hosmer 1b
Francoeur rf
Giavotella 2b
Perez c
Moustakas 3b
Escobar ss
Duffy lhp

Developing: The Rays, coming off one of their wildest-ever walkoff wins - overcoming a four-run ninth inning deficit to beat the Royals 8-7 last night - will go for a four-game sweep in a matinee today at Tropicana Field.

They'll have a red-hot pitcher on the mound in RHP Jeff Niemann, who is 5-0 with a 2.26 ERA in eight starts since coming off the disabled list in late June. He's also 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA in four career starts against Kansas City.

Tampa Bay, winners of nine of its last 13 games, is still 8 1/2 games back of the Wild-Card leading Yankees, with a three-game series in New York set to start Friday.

 

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