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Upton a late scratch; Glaus "speaks"



Rays CF B.J. Upton was scratched from tonight's lineup. He took a fouled pitch off the front of his left ankle in his final at bat last night.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said the injury wasn't serious and that Upton would be available to pinch hit late in the game.

Upton, who fell to the ground in pain Friday night but finished his at bat, planned to wear a protective shin guard tonight. He participated in batting practice but left early to receive treatment.

With Upton out of the starting lineup, Delmon Young will shift from RF to CF. Jonny Gomes will move from DH to RF and Greg Norton will now be the DH.

The new full lineup:
Iwamura, 3B
Crawford, LF
Pena, 1B
Young, CF
Harris, 2B
Gomes, RF
Norton, DH
Navarro, C
Wilson, SS

In other news, Blue Jays 3B Troy Glaus finally addressed the media before tonight's game. Even though Glaus didn't comment on the report that alleges he received multiple shipments of performance-enhancing drugs at his California home from Dec. 2003 to May 2004, Glaus was visibly shaken while addressing the media outside the visitors clubhouse at Tropicana Field.

"I respect the fact you guys have a job to do," Glaus told reporters. "I respect you certainly have some questions. I am not going to comment on the story. I hope that you respect that.

"At this point," Glaus continued. "I'm just trying to get ready for a game and help out team get into the playoff run."

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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