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UPDATE, 3:09: Rays manager Joe Maddon said he wanted Joyce - hitting .050, 1-for-20 - to get some time away as he thought he was pressing too much, though he could be used later today. Brignac - hitting .214, 3-for-14, is just getting a day off. ... C Kelly Shoppach said his right knee is fine and he is available today if needed. ... INF Elliot Johnson said he would have gone behind the plate if needed Friday as the "emergency" catcher, but probably wouldn't have done too well. ... The DH duties, in light of Manny Ramirez's "retirement," will primarily be spit between Dan Johnson and Johnny Damon, Maddon said.

White Sox lineup:
Pierre lf
Beckhman 2b
Rios cf
Konerko 1b
Quentin rf
Pierzynski c
Ramirez ss
Teahen dh
Morel 3b
Humber p


DEVELOPING: The Rays lineup will have - another - different look today as SS Reid Brignac and RF Matt Joyce are not starting against Sox RHP Phil Humber. Manager Joe Maddon will go with Elliot Johnson at short, Felipe Lopez at third and thus-far catalyst Sam Fuld in rightfield. Also, Casey Kotchman gets his first start at first base as the Rays look to extend their winning streak to two.

Here is the lineup:

Fuld rf
Damon lf
Upton cf
D. Johnson DH
Zobrist 2b
Lopez 3b
E. Johnson ss
Kotchman 1b
Jaso c
Davis p

Also, the Rays PR staff uncovered two interesting notes about Friday's win:
 * It was the first time in nearly 5 years Rays pitchers didn't record a strikeout, and the 8th time in team history (and third time they won). Last was May 30, 2006, at Baltimore over 8 innings, and the last time over 9 or more innings was April 9, 2004 vs. Baltimore. The last big-league team to win with no strikeouts were the Tigers on June 13, 2010 vs. Pittsburgh.

 * It was the 6th time in team history (and 3rd time on the road) they rallied from a deficit of 3 or more runs in the 9th to win. Last was Sept. 27. 2009 at Texas. It also was the 12th time they scored 5 or more in a 9th inning.



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