Notes: Maddon shakes up lineup

Notes: Maddon shakes up lineup

CHICAGO -- Rays manager Joe Maddon shook up the lineup for Thursday afternoon's contest against the White Sox.

Rocco Baldelli and B.J. Upton did not start, so Ben Zobrist led off and Delmon Young hit second. Carl Crawford remained in the third spot, but he was used as the designated hitter, while Greg Norton played left field.

"I didn't know about it, so it was [Maddon's] idea," Crawford said. "I think Joe wants to give my legs a rest."

Crawford smiled when asked about Norton filling his position in left.

"I don't know," Crawford said. "That's not my problem today. My job is to hit."

Wiggy ready: Ty Wigginton was scheduled to wrap up his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham on Thursday, and he is scheduled to be in the Tampa Bay lineup Friday night.

A pitch from reliever Shawn Chacon broke Wigginton's left hand during a July 30 game at Yankee Stadium. Wigginton is hitting .267 with a career-high 18 home runs and 57 RBIs.

Durham was scheduled to play a doubleheader against Toledo on Thursday after getting rained out Wednesday.

Wigginton "wanted to play both games," said Maddon, noting Wigginton would play right field and DH.

Tender pitching: Generally at the end of August and in early September, the bodies of Major League pitchers begin to get a little tender. Right-hander Jae Seo (left groin) and left-hander Scott Kazmir (stiff shoulder) already are on the disabled list, while southpaw Casey Fossum will be given a medical once-over Friday to check his health.

Fossum is said to be experiencing a little bit of "dead arm," and he has a sore right buttock. Rays pitching coach Mike Butcher said he would like to see Fossum make the rest of his starts this season. If everything checks out Friday, that will remain a possibility.

Meanwhile, Seo will come off the DL Sept. 5, and he should go right back into the rotation. Kazmir could take longer. If the ace of the staff does not reach a point where he doesn't feel any kind of stiffness or soreness, he won't pitch again this season. Right now, Kazmir is not throwing at all.

Another Young goes yard: When Dmitri Young heard the Rays had called up younger brother Delmon to the big leagues Monday, Dmitri told Delmon to do something he couldn't do: hit the White Sox. A day later, playing in his first Major League game, Delmon hit a two-run homer off Chicago's Freddy Garcia.

Delmon Young was called up to the Major Leagues 10 years to the day after his older brother received his first call from the Cardinals. However, Dmitri didn't hit his first big-league home run until the following April. He couldn't watch his younger brother's game on television Tuesday night, but he followed it through text messages from their sister.

"Once again, everything I've done, he's shattered," Dmitri said, "good and bad."

August asides: Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the White Sox dropped the Rays to 8-19 for the month, clinching the team's worst August record. Previously the worst mark was established in 1998, when the team went 10-20.

The Rays' .270 (248-for-917) batting average for the month was their highest of the season and a 24-point improvement over July.

The team's ERA of 4.47 registered as the second-best month of the season, only higher than its June mark (4.37).

Wine, Women, and Baseball: The Rays will host their first "Wine, Women and Baseball" event Saturday prior to the game against the Mariners at Tropicana Field.

Women who attend will be treated to an exclusive wine tasting and pampering pregame party courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue. Also, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon will provide mini spa treatments, and experts from Armani, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone will provide one-on-one consultations. Everyone in attendance will receive a Diamond Box ticket to the game, complimentary gift bags from Saks Fifth Avenue and the opportunity to win great prizes.

Coming up: The Rays return home to open a three-game series against the Mariners on Friday night in a 7:15 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field. Right-hander James Shields will start for Tampa Bay, and he will be opposed by righty Gil Meche.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.