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Baldelli back, Cantu gets start

Posted Apr 29, 2007 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Apr 29, 2007 at 02:38 PM

OAKLAND—Jonny Gomes has about 1,000 people coming to the game today, but they’ll have to hope the big guy gets in as a pinch-hitter. Rocco Baldelli has been deemed healthy enough to return to the lineup as the DH, and as Joe Maddon said, “If Rocco is well, he’s got to assume the spot.” Today will also bring Jorge Cantu’s major-league debut as a first baseman. He’s confident he’ll be able to do the job defensively, but is most looking forward to getting four ABs.

Rays
Baldelli DH
Dukes CF
Crawford LF
Wigginton 3B
Young RF
Upton 2B
Cantu 1B
Harris SS
Paul C
Kazmir P

A’s
Stewart CF
Ellis 2B
Chavez 3B
Piazza DH
Crosby SS
Johnson 1B
Buck RF
Kendall C
Scutaro LF
Braden P

Reader Comments

Por (RICH BACCHESCHI) on April 30, 2007 (Suggest removal)

JONNY GOMES SHOULD HAVE STARTED FOR BACK TO BACK GAMES. WE KNOW HIS PLAYING TIME IS LIMITED. WELL HERE IS THE RAYS APRIL STARS TO EVERYONES SURPRISE: ****GOES TO THE MAN [UPTON].
GIVE ****TO REYES AND SHIELDS. THEN ***FOR THE STEADY CC AND AKI FOR THE JUMP START. **STARS FOR DEL & WIGGS. THEN ONE EACH TO ROCCO & PENA. THROW IN 1/2 EACH TO HARRIS & I HATE TO SAY IT JOSH PAUL. I OVERLOOKED KAZ. HE GETS ***STARS. WHERE IS THE FAST BALL?

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Por (RICH BACCHESCHI) on May 01, 2007 (Suggest removal)

WHERE ARE THE RAYS FANS MARC ? HOPE WE FLIP THE [11-14]APRIL TO [14-11]MAY. BJ WOULD GET SO UPSET AT THE UMPS LAST YR. I NOTICED HIS CALMNESS & FOCUS THIS YR. MY GUESS IS MADDON MUST HAVE TOLD THE TRIO..BJ-DEL-ELI TO AVOID THE UMPS & NOT EVEN LOOK BACK. I DID SEE BJ LOOK BACK ONCE BUT WITH A SMILE. YOU CAN HAVE PINIELLA & LARUSSO [10-14]&[TORRE][9-14]WITH A-ROD. THE MONEY DOGS VS MADDONS HUNGRY KIDS ! GIVE ME JOE MADDON & NOT JOE TORRE !

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