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UPDATE, 3:03: Maddon said the Rays will wail until at least Sunday to make a decision on Escobar, saying they hope by then he will try to throw and/or swing to test his sore shoulder, and added that Escobar is optimistic he will return soon. In a brief conversation, Escobar said he felt a little better but didn't know when he would return. ... Maddon said he didn't think Longoria necessarily needed a day off his feet but it lined up well with Bedard, a lefty fly-ball pitcher, on the mound. ... Maddon didn't have much new on Jeremy Hellickson, who left Friday's rehab start with discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow, but that it wasn't considered serious. Hellickson is headed back to St. Petersburg from Triple-A Durham and may throw a bullpen session as soon as Sunday.

DEVELOPING: After playing a day-night doubleheader Friday, the Rays and Orioles are back at Camden Yards today for a 4:05 game.

The Rays once again are without SS Yunel Escobar, who is still bothered by his sore/tight right shoulder, raising the question how long the Rays will go before putting him on the DL.

Also, Evan Longoria is the DH today, the second time in two weeks he has gotten a partial day off.

The Rays are starting veteran LH Erik Bedard, the Orioles LH Wei-Yen Chen.

With Bedard's first strikeout, the Rays will break their team record for strikeouts in any month of 259.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Jennings cf,
Zobrist SS,
Guyer LF,
Longoria DH,
Loney 1b,
S-Rod 3b,
Forsythe 2b,
Hanigan c,
Kiermaier rf,
Bedard p

And the Orioles lineup:

Markakis rf
Pearce lf,
Jones cf
Cruz DH,
Davis 1b
Hardy ss
Machado 3b
Schoop 2b
Joseph c
Chen p

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