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For starters, Rays vs White Sox, with no Upton again

Update 5:50 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon said CF B.J. Upton will return to the lineup tommorrow against the White Sox. Maddon said though Upton pled his case to play today, he felt another day would help.

Neither Maddon nor LF Carl Crawford said they have heard anything from Major League Baseball regarding any possible discipline following their Tuesday ejections.

Update 4:05 p.m. CF B.J. Upton said he understands manager Joe Maddon's decision to sit him, and "there's no hard feelings." He was just hoping he'd return to the lineup after not playing Wednesday.

"I just expressed to him that I want to be on the field - that's it," he said. "I think everybody needs (a mental break) sometimes. I just happen to feel I only needed one (game), not two."

Upton was doing some early hitting work with hitting coach Derek Shelton, and feels he's getting close to figuring out how to get out of it.

"I think i kind of know how to deal with some of the stuff I'm dealing with right now," Upton said. "l'll take this half a day whatever it is, if he needs me to pinch-hit or play defense, I’ll be ready."

Developing: The Rays will open a four-game series with the White Sox tonight, and for the second straight game, CF B.J. Upton is out of the lineup.

Manager Joe Maddon had said he planned to sit the slumping Upton last night and today, with the hope that giving him a few days would help him free his mind and re-set. Upton has been on the field here for a while doing some early work and hitting with hitting coach Derek Shelton.

Rays lineup
Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Jaso c
Blalock dh
Pena 1b
Rodriguez cf

Brignac, 2b
Niemann rhp

White Sox
Pierre lf
Pierzynski c
Rios cf
Konerko 1b
Kotsay dh
Jones rf
Teahen 3b
Ramirez ss
Beckham 2b
Floyd, rhp

 

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