Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Dukes sitting again
Posted Jun 15, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Jun 15, 2007 at 08:09 PM
DENVER—Elijah Dukes is absent from the starting lineup for the third consecutive game, though he is here at Coors Field. Joe Maddon said the call was entirely his. Andrew Friedman (who is here with the team) said leaving Dukes on the bench was not any sort of disciplinary measure on the organization’s part.
“It’s completely Joe’s decision,” said Friedman. “Elijah showed up yesterday and I think is in a much better frame of mind than he was Wednesday. The starting lineup is Joe’s decision.”
In other news, Friedman said Rocco Baldelli will report to Durham Sunday to begin a rehab assignment. The Rays hope to have him back from the disabled list when they return home next Friday to face the Dodgers.
Also, Maddon said Edwin Jackson will start Monday against the Diamondbacks. You’ve got to think he’s running out of chances ... don’t you?