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For starters, Rays vs. Twins

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UPDATE, 6:05: Manager Joe Maddon explained that he got "help" putting together's lineup from the crowd at the Tampa Chamber luncheon, that it was pretty much unanimous on the first two spots but that a large response from a section of the crowd led to Joyce getting the No. 3. Otherwise, he said it went pretty much as expected. ... Maddon said bullpen coach Bobby Ramos will continue to work with C John Jaso, who committed a bad passed ball in the 10th inning on Thursday, but that the Rays consider him a work in progress. Maddon said he thought Jaso has been blocking pitches well. .. Another topic was getting SS Reid Brignac to hit the ball on the ground more often.

Twins lineup:
Span cf
Damon dh
Joyce rf
Lopez 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
D. Johnson 1b
Shoppach c
Brignac ss
Davis p

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The Rays are looking to extend their winning streak to four games tonight against the Joe Mauer-less Twins.

The most interesting early scene today was 3B Evan Longoria on the field playing catch with INF coach Tom Foley, and taking some ground balls.

Manager Joe Maddon spoke today at the Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and allowed the crowd to help him piut together today's lineup, which should look like this, with Ben Zobrist getting the night off:

Fuld lf
Damon dh
Joyce rf
Lopez 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
D. Johnson 1b
Shoppach c
Brignac ss
Davis p
 

 

 

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