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UPDATE, 7:07 RHP Troy Percival said his sprained right knee felt considerably better on Sunday, enough that he was able to play catch with only some pain, and he might not have arthroscopic surgery that was tentatively scheduled for Monday morning in St. Petersburg. Percival said he would see the Rangers doctor later Sunday and the decision could be made then. He said he received a cortisone shot on Friday and has been taking anti-inflammatories and the progess has been significant.

CF B.J. Upton didn't just return to the Rays lineup on Sunday, he's at the top as 2B Akinori Iwamura is getting the day off.

Bartlett_2 Manager Joe Maddon wanted to rest Iwamura, but had to make sure SS Jason Bartlett, who jammed his right knee on Saturday, was able to play. He is in the lineup, and Ben Zobrist is starting at second. Dioner Navarro is back behind the plate after getting back-to-back days off.

Otherwise, the lineup is as expected against Rangers RHP Dustin Nippert as the Rays finish their season-long 10-game road trip, then fly late night and face the Angels on Monday.

The lineup:
Upton, cf
Zobrist, 2b
Pena, 1b
Floyd, dh
Aybar, 3b
Hinske, 3b
Navarro, c
Gross, rf
Bartlett, ss
Kazmir, p

(Pictured - Jason Bartlett breaks up a double-play attempt against the Rangers on Saturday, tweaking his knee in the process. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:38am]


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