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The Rays had a busy afternoon, and that was before the game started. In addition to putting infielder Luis Ordaz on the 15-day disabled list and bringing up infielder/outfielder Russ Branyan, the Rays had a few other things going on - they claimed reliever Scott Dunn from the Angels and sent him to Triple-A Durham, they designated for assignment minor-league pitcher Carlos Hines and catcher Kevin Cash to make room on their 40-man roster, and they said that reliever Chad Harville accepted his outright assignment to Durham and that reliever Tim Corcoran cleared waivers and was also sent to Durham.

Branyan is likely to get his first start on Thursday against Orioles righthander Kris Benson, possibly in rightfield.

Shortstop Julio Lugo was not in the lineup and the Rays are expected to decide by Thursday or Friday whether he will need to be placed on the disabled list. Nick Green started Wednesday, but if Lugo goes on the DL the Rays are going to need to find another shortstop, and it sounds like it most likely won't be top prospect B.J. Upton, who is playing at Durham.

The "feels-like'' temperature was down into the mid-40s during batting practice, and it's probably going to drop from there once the sun sets. The coldest Rays game on record was a few years ago in Boston with a first-pitch reading of 33 degrees. And, yes, the press box in Baltimore is open air.

With the Orioles starting a lefthander on Wednesday, Rays manager Joe Maddon decided to get righthanded hitting Ty Wigginton into the lineup and is playing him at third base, with Aubrey Huff serving as the DH. Makes sense, since Wigginton is probably more comfortable at third.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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