Maddon sticks with lineup for third straight day

Maddon sticks with lineup for third straight day

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the third straight day, manager Joe Maddon decided to use the same nine players in his lineup, a rare occurrence for the Rays.

The Rays, who had put together 141 different batting orders in 150 games entering Friday, won their last two games with the set, scoring 20 total runs.

"It's a good setup," Maddon said. "It's the style of pitchers we've been seeing, the lefties have been coming back on line and it looks good. I like the fact that we can score runs one through nine right now."

Maddon maintained that who he does send out will depend largely on who is pitching against Tampa Bay on a given day.

Perhaps the biggest rarity Friday was that Jose Molina was back at catcher, having only started three consecutive days once this year.

"He's been coming out of some games early, so I don't think I'm running him into the ground," said Maddon, who tends to give his catchers rest. "He's our best matchup. Plus, I just like his veteranship right now behind the plate."