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It's overcast in Chicago, which seems appropriate for the makeup of the May 26 game that was rained out. It's also a tad cooler than St. Pete, which will be refreshing.

There won't be any word today on the status of CF Rocco Baldelli, whose latest rehab was shut down last week due to soreness, with the Rays saying only he is undergoing a series of tests with their doctors in St. Petersburg.

The Rays are sticking with what works in the lineup, with a top six again of 3B Akinori Iwamura, LF Carl Crawford, 1B Carlos Pena, CF B.J. Upton, RF Delmon Young, 2B Brendan Harris. After that it's Greg Norton at DH, Josh Wilson at short and Josh Paul behind the plate - as he now always is when Edwin Jackson starts.

Crawford today will tie Aubrey Huff for playing the most games as a Devil Ray - 799.

An interesting item in the pre-game notes sure makes it seem that 3B Evan Longoria is definitely not going to get a September callup. He is included on the Rays list of seven players heading to the Arizona Fall League, and though not prohibitive, it would be usual for him to first play in the major leagues and report west later.

The seven soon-to-be Scottsdale Scorpions: pitchers Evan Meek, Nick DeBarr and Calvin Medlock. shortstop Reid Brignac, catcher John Jaso and infielders Chris Nowak and Longoria.

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


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