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UPDATE: Jennings on bereavement list; Kiermaier called up; Hanigan slowed

UPDATE, 2:36 AM: The Rays had several post-game announcements:

* CF Desmond Jennings was placed on the bereavement due to a death in the family, though details are not being relased. He will miss the Saturday and Sunday games and return Tuesday.

* OF Kevin Kiermaier was called up from Durham and will join the Rays on Saturday.

* C Ryan Hanigan left the game with what he said was either cramping or a mild strain in his right hamstring but was confident he would not be sidelined for an extended period. Sean Rodriguez and Wil Myers are the emergency catchers.

UPDATE, 8:20: Maddon said Balfour "absolutely" is still his closer, and he planned to talk with him about being aggressive and confident. ... Maddon said he chose Forsythe over Rodriguez to play 2b tonight, that they feel Weaver is tougher on LH batters, and it would have been a tough spot for Figueroa to make his debut.

UPDATE, 7:19: Light mood as usual in the Rays clubhouse, even more so as manager Joe Maddon's addiiton to the cologne table arrived: A bottle of Sex Panther - think Anchorman - and accompanying T-shirt,

Here is the Rays lineup, with Logan Forsythe at 2B:

Jennings cf,
DeJesus DH,
Myers rf,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Forsythe 2b,
Joyce LF,
Escobar SS,
Hanigan c,
Archer p

DEVELOPING: The Rays take the field again tonight in Anaheim trying to bounce back from Friday's staggering defeat.

The Rays took a three-run lead into the ninth Friday and lost 6-5 on a walkoff homer by Mike Trout off Brad Boxvberger, that after closer Grant Balfour was pulled after putting the first three Angels on.

RHP Chris Archer, who has had his own problems in going four starts without a win, will be on the mound for the Rays, facing always tough RHP Jered Weaver.

Archer has had specific trouble putting away batters, allowing a .227 average in two-strike counts, well above the league average of .175. It was a specific issue in his last start, as the Indians went 6-for-11.

Tempo has also been an issue as he averages 26.5 seconds between pitches, slowest in the majors.

Here is the Angels lineup:

Aybar ss
Trout cf
Pujols 1b
Ibanez dh
Kendrick 2b
Navarro lf
Conger c
Cowgill rf
McDonald 3b
Weaver p

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