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For starters, Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays, without Evan Longoria



Update 5:23 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon said he just wanted to give Evan Longoria a day off, and that he was fine.

You may see Longoria get a day off more often until his sore left hamstring gets back to 100 percent.


The Tampa Bay Rays will go for their seventh straight win tonight, and will do so without third baseman Evan Longoria in the lineup.

Willy Aybar gets the start at third, his second straight start (he was at second on Monday).

Manager Joe Maddon said Monday he wanted to get Aybar in the lineup more, to get him at bats. But this is probably also an opportunity to rest Longoria, who has battled left hamstring soreness this month

Rays lineup
Upton cf
Crawford lf
Aybar 3b
Pena 1b
Zobrist 2b
Burrell dh
Gross rf
Bartlett ss
Navarro c

-- JOE SMITH, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:48am]


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