Well-rested Damon returns to Rays' lineup

Well-rested Damon returns to Rays' lineup

Well-rested Damon returns to Rays' lineup
ST. PETERSBURG -- Johnny Damon was back in the lineup Friday night after not starting in the previous three games. Though he pinch-hit Wednesday afternoon against the Rangers, Damon has had a pretty good rest, particularly when factoring in Thursday's off-day.

"I like the idea of John after four days' rest being kind of frisky right now," manager Joe Maddon said. "Here's a guy that has a tendency to do well in big moments. So let's put him in a more fruitful potential moment where he has a chance to drive in some runs."

Damon hit in the fifth spot Friday night behind Ben Zobrist.

"I like the idea of John hitting behind [Zobrist] and possibly fulfilling a different role," Maddon said, "because I know he's been there before and he's always been good in big games -- and I like him."