Rays first baseman James Loney was not in a talking mood prior to today's game against the Twins, but he is in the starting lineup. Loney was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount Tuesday for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert during a confrontation after being ejected from Saturday night's game in Oakland. Loney is appealing the suspension, which makes him eligible until the appeals process is complete.
"That's more or less through James and his agent,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said of the appeals process. "We'll wait to hear back from Major League Baseball in the coming days.
"We don't want to play any games short, but really, one (game) is better than anything else.''
If Loney's suspension is upheld, either Logan Forsythe or Daniel Nava will take his place at first base.
"Nava played some first base on the road trip and looked comfortable,'' Cash said. "If James does have to sit out a day then we'll wait and see what that day is and who we put there.''
Loney was adamant after the ejection that he did nothing wrong. He did not talk to reporters before taking batting practice today.