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Upton still at sixth

Rays 2B B.J. Upton might have made a pair of costly mistakes in the field in Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Twins, but it seems like he's found a home in the No. 6 spot. Upton will make his third straight start in the sixth hole tonight. C Josh Paul also makes a spot start for Dioner Navarro, hitting in the ninth spot.

The full lineup:
Baldelli, CF
Dukes, DH
Crawford, LF
Wigginton, 3B
Young, RF
Upton, 2B
Pena, 1B
Harris, SS
Paul, C

A few things of note:

-- Tonight will feature the two leaders in AL batting average -- a pair that are separated by the slimmest of margins. Minnesota's Joe Mauer is batting .378 and Upton .377.

-- Injured Rays DH/IB Greg Norton, recovering from right knee surgery, will report to Double-A Montgotmery for a rehab assignment  and will be in the lineup for the Biscuits game Friday. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he will have about 27 to 30 at bats there while playing 1B and being the DH.

-- Despite being on the DL with an left oblique strain, Rays 3B Akinori Iwamura finished a close second in AL Rookie of the Month voting. Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima won the award.

-- Reds outfielder and former Rays first-round draft pick Josh Hamilton was voted the NL Rookie of the Month for April. His .609 slugging percentage led all rookies, as did his six homers. His 13 RBIs tied for the major league lead among rookies.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:31am]


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