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For starters, Rays vs Tigers, with Perez in centerfield



The Rays begin a three-game series against the Tigers here at the Trop, and as expected, CF B.J. Upton is out of the lineup.

Upton sprained his left ankle in Thursday night's game, and is expected to be out for a couple days. So OF Fernando Perez will start in his place tonight, his first start of the season, and bat ninth.

RHP Jeff Niemann starts tonight for the Rays, facing a Tigers lineup that includes ex-Ray Aubrey Huff.

Rays lineup

Bartlett, ss
Crawford, lf
Zobrist, 2b
Pena, 1b
Burrell, dh
Longoria, 3b
Gross, rf
Navarro, c
Perez, cf
Niemann, p

Tigers lineup

Granderson, cf
Polanco, 2b
Thomas, rf
Cabrera, 1b
Huff, dh
Guillen, lf
Inge, 3b
Laird, c
Everett, ss
Verlander, p


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