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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?

The lineups:

Iwamura 3B
Harris SS
Crawford LF
Wigginton 2B
Pena 1B
Young CF
Gomes RF
Navarro C
Shields P

Taveras CF
Tulowitzki SS
Holliday LF
Helton 1B
Atkins 3B
Hawpe RF
Iannetta C
Carroll 2B
Lopez P

Reader Comments

Por (Casey Brown) on June 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

The Rays catching situation is almost as bad as the bullpen pitching.

I am sure the Dodgers are still laughing
after unloading Navarro on the Rays,. How much longer can they play an average defensive catcher who is hitting .176?

At this point, Shawn Camp couldn’t get Don Zimmer out.

The Rays had a small window of opportunity this year, too bad management proved once again that they are inept. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.

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Por (Michael DeAngelis) on June 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I dont care if Dukes plays or not, his average is low and a real bad ball hitter who mostly swings at the first pitch. Glad to see Gomes is playing better, we really need a good trade for some of our team that is not playing everyday and could bring some pitching from somewhere. I think we started this season with position players who have no place to play. I cant image why Jackson should get another start, and for Navarro he is not ready for prime time.

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Por (BRuce Galle) on June 16, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I agree the Dodgers are laughing. They got Hall and Hendricksen for Jacklson and Navarro.

Hall hits 50-60 points higher than Navarro and neither is above average behind the plate.

Don’t even get me started on Hendrickson vs Jackson.

Jackson has been in majors since 2003 (on and off) and still is not a every day pitcher.  The Rays are stupid and hanging on to prospects that are no longer prospects is very sad.

No wonder no one wants to go tot he games!

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Por (Mike Creyton) on June 17, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Lets correct all the errors in the previous posts.  Jackson was aquired with Chuck Tiffany for Danys Baez. Navarro was aquired with Jae Seo and Justin Ruggiano for Hall and Hendrickson.  Toby Hall sat on the Dodgers bench after the trade and then begged for a job all offseason only to end up on the White Sox bench.

LOL at the guy who said Dukes always swings at the first pitch. The only player on the team with better plate discipline than Dukes is Iwamura. Dukese despite hitting .195 has an OBP of .320 due to all the walks. If he plays every game he has a shot to break the MLB record for walks by a rookie and he would shatter the Rays rookie walk record.

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Por (Casey Brown) on June 17, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Hey Mike, it doesn’t really matter what Rays were traded for which Dodger, the Rays were trading from the catbird seat, they had some thing LA wanted, proven major leaguers for the pennent drive.

Bottom line, the Rays sent the Dodgers 5
proven players for, at this point nothing, 4 of the players the Dodgers had given up on (Seo, Navarro, Jackson, and Guzman. Point being Rays got taken again. much like Fred McGriff to the Cubs for Jason Smith.

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Por (Mark Litt) on June 17, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Who did the Rays get for Julio Lugo?
Was it Guzman?

Seems like their should have been more for the Rays, and I can’t believe anybody could defend Navarro at this point.

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Por (Mike Creyton) on June 18, 2007 (Suggest removal)

The Rays got Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedrozza for Julio Lugo. Pedroza is a power hitting prospect currently on the Vero Beach team.

Guys, the Rays were trading fringe Major Leaguers mostly.  Role players.  Toby Hall is a bum. He sits on the bench for the White Sox. The White Sox are worse than the Rays.  Lugo was a bench player for the Dodgers too, but he had some value, but he was only a rental player because his contract was expiring. To get elite prospects you have to trade an elite player who is not a pending free agent. Look at the Becket deal as an example. Both teams benefitted from that trade. The Kazmir for Zmabrano deal is a once in a lifetime deal and I think it has made many think that is the norm.

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