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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

Price could be the guy, Percival could be done

MIAMI — Busy day for the Rays as they get ready for the first of a three-game series against the Marlins.

First the saddening news: Right-hander Troy Percival, who was never able to get right this season after an injury-plagued 2008, was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder tendinitis on Friday — but it could be much longer.
Vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Percival was really frustrated with the shoulder and has flown back to his Riverside, Calif., home. Percival, 40 on Aug. 9, will sit down with his family, see where he’s at physically and mentally, then decide whether or not to retire.
Manager Joe Maddon said he spoke to Percival after Thursday’s game and said he wouldn’t be surprised if the right-hander indeed took that route.
Also, left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the DL with a right quad strain. Kazmir’s injury is looked at to be a lot more short-term, though there is still no gauge as to when he would come back, and Friedman said it would probably be past the 15 days. The 25-year-old said his DL stint last year — when he missed 30 games because of a strained throwing elbow — caused him to tweak his delivery, and that in turn caused the quad problem.
He will continue to throw off flat ground and doesn’t believe it will keep him out too long.
Now the good news: With a hole in the starting rotation for Monday’s game, David Price is expected to make the start, though that hasn’t been officially announced. The 23-year-old lefty is 1-4 with a 3.93 ERA in his eight starts for the Durham Bulls.
– Alden Gonzalez

Final tally on Crawford

ST. PETERSBURG — Carl Crawford ended up reaching base all five times and stealing a club-record six bases. He became just the fourth player to steal six bases in a single game (it’s been done a total of five times, though). The last time it happened was when Eric Young did it on June 30, 1996, against the Dodgers.

The Rays’ 8 steals in the game was also a franchise record.
One thing that won’t show up in the box score: With two outs and the Rays sporting a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, Crawford’s speed also allowed him to beat out an infield single to score Jason Bartlett from third base for an insurance run.
Troy Percival then got the save, and the Rays beat the Red Sox, 5-3.
– Alden Gonzalez
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