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Update CF B.J. Upton left Sunday's game after the second inning due to what the Rays described as tightness in his right quadriceps muscle.

He was 1-for-1 with a stolen base before getting replaced by Gabe Kapler to start the third.

Update 12:44 p.m. The Rays made a lineup switch, with Evan Longoria moved to DH and Willy Aybar to third base.

Manager Joe Maddon said Longoria tweaked his left foot a little bit making a play on a slow roller in Saturday night's game. Though Longoria tested it, Maddon said he's "fine," they just decided it was better to flip-flop them (both were going to be in the lineup anyways).

RHP Matt Garza starts for the Rays today as they head into their series - and homestand - finale against the White Sox, having lost four of their last five games.

The Rays (5-7) still haven't found their way offensively, but will try to get some momentum going before leaving on a nine-day West Coast road trip, including series in Seattle and Oakland, before a stop in Minnesota.

With this being a day before the trip, a few Rays regulars (Jason Bartlett, Dioner Navarro and Pat Burrell) will get the day off.

Willy Aybar will step in at designated hitter, and backup C Michel Hernandez will be behind the plate.  

Rays lineup:
Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, DH
Pena, 1b
Aybar, 3b
Zobrist, ss
Gross, rf
 Iwamura, 2b
Hernandez, c
Garza, p

White Sox lineup:
Getz, 2b
Lillibridge, ss
Quentin, lf
Thome, dh
Dye, rf
Konerko, 1b
Pierzynski, c
 Betemit, 3b
Anderson, cf
Floyd, p


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