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6-4 lineups; Longo, Bartlett progressing

ST. PETERSBURG — When you score nine runs without your best player, you don’t tend to change things up the following game.

For Thursday, the Rays didn’t alter much in the starting lineup, except Michel Hernandez will give Dioner Navarro a breather behind the plate with the relatively quick turnaround, and Joe Dillon will serve as the designated hitter against Royals starter Gil Meche.
Evan Longoria (sore left hamstring) is available to pinch-hit on Thursday, but he has not been running at full speed yet. Manager Joe Maddon said if he bats, he’ll “waddle” to first base, and the Rays will get a pinch-runner. Longoria said he hopes to start at third base for the opener of a four-game series against the Yankees on Friday, but that has yet to be determined.
The 23-year-old hit live pitching in the batting cage on Thursday — there was no BP on the field — jogged and played catch. The only thing left is to run at full speed.
Shortstop Jason Bartlett (left ankle sprain) was able to jog on Wednesday — which he called “the biggest step” in his recovery — and though he felt a bit sore from that on Thursday, he said he “really can’t make [the ankle] worse.” This weekend, Bartlett will start running some arcs to further test the injury, then progress into taking ground balls and hitting more live pitching.
The 29-year-old is eligible to come off his DL stint Wednesday, but he’s not sure if he’ll be ready by that time. Bartlett does not, however, think he’ll need to play in Minor League rehab games before getting back.
“As long as I can come out and get some ground balls in and take some BP, I should be fine,” he said.
On to the lineups, as the Rays look to move to .500 for the eighth time this season:
Royals
Coco Crisp, CF
Alberto Callaspo, 2B
Billy Butler, 1B
Mike Jacobs, DH
Jose Guillen, RF
Mark Teahen, 3B
Miguel Olivo, C
David DeJesus, LF
Willie Bloomquist, SS
SP: Meche
Rays
B.J. Upton, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Willy Aybar, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Matt Joyce, RF
Dillon, DH
Hernandez, C
Reid Brignac, SS
SP: James Shields
– Alden Gonzalez

Iwamura likely headed to DL; Bartlett, Shields fine

MIAMI — The reports were still a little hazy, but Akinori Iwamura is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury, manager Joe Maddon said.

Iwamura said it was the worst pain he had ever felt since getting to the United States but wanted to wait for the MRIs before speculating if he’d be out for a long period of time.
For now, Maddon said his options at second base are open, with Willy Aybar, Ben Zobrist and recent call-up Reid Brignac being options.

“He’s not feeling really good right now,” Maddon said about Iwamura, who was in a brace.

“Obviously, when you get hit like that, you’re going to be in a lot of pain. And once he sat himself up, he was able to gather himself. I think the initial shot probably hurt a lot, but, again, I don’t know what it is, and I just know that we’re going to have a setback, and then do the MRI thing, and if I had to guess, he’s going to be on the DL.”

As for Jason Bartlett, who hurt his left ankle after being slid into by a stealing Dan Uggla and trying to pick catcher Dioner Navarro’s throw, that situation doesn’t appear to be too serious. Bartlett stayed in the game after walking it off. He won’t be in the lineup in the beginning of a four-game series against the Indians on Monday, but that was a planned off-day, considering he’s 0-for-15 lifetime against starter Fausto Carmona.

“I think [Uggla] just slid over it, and [the left ankle] rolled on me,” Bartlett said. “Tomorrow was a day off anyway, so hopefully it will feel better.”

James Shields was fine after getting hit by a comebacker from Ross Gload with two outs in the seventh inning. Maddon just wanted to get Grant Balfour in the game there.

– Alden Gonzalez

Bartlett hurt, too?

MIAMI — Not a good day for the Rays’ middle infield with regards to plays at second base.

This time, however, shortstop Jason Bartlett stayed in the game.
With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Dan Uggla stole second base and, in trying to pick Dioner Navarro’s throw, Bartlett’s left leg twisted awkwardly and was checked on by the Rays’ medical staff. But after getting on his feet and walking it off, he stayed in the game. It appeared to be his left ankle that was the problem.
More to come postgame from the Rays’ clubhouse …
– Alden Gonzalez

Pregame rumblings; lineups

MIAMI — Well, we’ve got good news here. The skies have cleared, the grass is dry, and baseball will not be a problem today — for now. Looks like we’ll start on time, too.

Just an ordinary Saturday game? I don’t think so. According to the Rays’ PR staff, the matchup between left-hander Sean West (6-foot-8) — just called up from Double-A to make his Major League debut — and Rays starter Jeff Niemann (6-foot-9) is the third-tallest matchup in Major League history (at a combined 161 inches). How ’bout that?
The Rays are changing up the lineup today, as Carlos Pena, Dioner Navarro and Akinori Iwamura are out. All three of them are simply off-days, with Tampa Bay is currently on a string of 20 straight days off. Pena said he was fine after getting hit on the right tricep Friday.
* Dale Thayer, the journeyman Minor League reliever who made his debut last night and got the three-inning save, kept his game ball, but he destroyed James Shields’ game bat. Thayer used Shields’ lumber and broke it while grounding out to first baseman/outfielder Ross Gload, who took the mound to save the bullpen.
* SIDE NOTE: In getting the save on Friday, Thayer became the first Ray to notch a save in his Major League debut. He was the first to do so since the Mariners’ Emiliano Fruto on May 14, 2006, against the Angels.
* Manager Joe Maddon said he exchanged text messages with Troy Percival, who’s back in California contemplating retirement, but nothing is new on that end.
* Maddon said it’s really tough to get a read on a guy like West, who’s never pitched in the big leagues and there isn’t much of a scouting report on: “From his perspective, I’m sure there’s always those nerves to be contended with, but I know he’s got a good arm, and you just don’t want him to get settled in and feel confident about the whole thing. … I’ve always believed that when you see a guy for the first time, you really make him earn his outs.”
* Chad Bradford (right elbow surgery) is on tap to pitch in his first Minor League rehab game for the Charlotte Stone Crabs tonight.
* Maddon’s contract extension likely will not be announced in this series.
* Scott Kazmir is back in St. Petersburg, Fla., to see assistant athletic trainer Nick Paparesta.
* With 15 runs on Friday, the Rays went into Saturday leading the Major Leagues in runs scored (249) for the first time this season.
Tampa Bay
B.J. Upton, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Willy Aybar, 1B
Jason Bartlett, SS
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Gabe Kapler, RF
Michel Hernandez, C
Niemann, P
Florida
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
Jeremy Hermida, RF
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Jorge Cantu, 1B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Cody Ross, CF
Ronny Paulino, C
Chris Coghlan, LF
West, P
– Alden Gonzalez

Red Sox – Rays lineups, Game 4

ST. PETERSBURG — “We have to get back to winning series,” is what designated hitter Pat Burrell said after Saturday’s 10-6 letdown against the Red Sox.

The Rays will have one last chance to do it against Boston on Sunday afternoon.
Dioner Navarro will get an off-day behind the plate because of the quick turnaround — giving way to Michel Hernandez — Ben Zobrist will start for the second straight game — this time in right field as Jason Bartlett returns to shortstop — and Tampa Bay will be without the services of Gabe Gross.
But he has a legitimate excuse.
Gross flew to Alabama on Sunday as his wife, Kelly, is expected to give birth to their first girl. Manager Joe Maddon said he expects the 29-year-old outfielder back by Tuesday’s game against the Orioles.
On to the lineups:
Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Julio Lugo, SS
SP: Brad Penny
Rays
B.J. Upton, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Pat Burrell, DH
Zobrist, RF
Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Bartlett, SS
Hernandez, C
SP: James Shields
– Alden Gonzalez

Game 1 lineups for Red Sox – Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Not many surprises here. Both teams’ catchers will have an off-day on Thursday, and Jason Bartlett said his left hamstring — which forced him to leave Wednesday’s game after the top of the fifth inning — is just fine. Gabe Gross will get his ninth start of the year in right field, and Michel Hernandez will get his fourth starting nod behind the plate to give Dioner Navarro a rest.

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
George Kottaras, C
Julio Lugo, SS
SP: Josh Beckett
Rays
B.J. Upton, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Pat Burrell, DH
Gabe Gross, RF
Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Michel Hernandez, C
Jason Bartlett, SS
SP: Matt Garza
– Alden Gonzalez
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