About Today’s Lineup
Joe Maddon explained several aspect of today’s different Rays lineup.
For starters, Gabe Kapler is hitting third, which Maddon attributed to Kapler’s ability to hit left-handers and his desire to “set the table” for Evan Longoria, who is batting fourth.
Hank Blalock is at first because he’s hit well against Lee in the past and he’s hit lefties well while at Triple-A Durham. And finally, Sean Rodriguez is at second base because Maddon wanted to get him into a game.