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UPDATE, 5:28: The Rays will wear Lightning t-shirts and caps on their trip to Toronto on Thursday as a show of support. "We want to show support to the boys,'' Maddon said. "They lost a tough one last night, but they're still in pretty good shape. I know Guy will rally the troops.''

Several Lightning players attended Saturday' Rays game as guests of Twins 1B Justin Morneau and wore Twins caps and shirts, but Maddon said he was okay with that. "We forgive them becase we wore Blackhawks stuff (during last year's playoffs), let's move forward,'' Maddon said. "We're moving this thing along, we're putting the olive branch out there. We're good.''

Rays OF Matt Joyce hung a Lightning banner across several empty lockers in the Rays clubhouse also.

UPDATE, 4:55: Howell's batting practice session went well, both he and Maddon said, and he will now start a rehab assignment of about 10 appearances beginning with the extended spring group in Port Charlotte. .... Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria continues to look good, but that his planned returned may be pushed back a few days from Longoria's planned return of April 29 to allow for a longer rehab assignment, possibly of five days to a week.  ... Maddon said Dan Johnson (left wrist) was a little tentative and he didn't want to take the chance of starting him and having to take him out and instead will consider him as a pinch-hitter. Also, that Johnny Damon is receiving treatment and could be available as a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner toward the end of tonight's game.

UPDATE, 4:20: Rays lineup with Dan Johnson (left wrist) a little sore and tentative, and Damon still needing more time.

Fuld lf
Zobrist 2b
S-Rod 3b
Lopez dh
Upton cf
Kotchman 1b
Shoppach c
Joyce rf
Brignac ss
Shields p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking for a second straight win over the White Sox, and the chance to get back within one game of .500 at 8-9, tonight with James Shields on the mound against Chicago southpaw John Danks.

Several Rays are out for early hitting today (including Reid Brignac, Elliot Johnson, Sean Rodriguez and B.J. Upton) and Johnny Damon is with them but just watching to this point. LHP J.P. Howell will throw batting practice, as part of his recovery from shoulder surgery, at about 3:30.

No Rays lineup yet, but here is what the Sox have planned:
Pierre lf
Beckham 2b
Dunn dh
Konerko 1b
Quentin rf
Rios cf
Pierzynski c
Ramirez s
Teahen 3b
Danks p


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