SEATTLE -- Sean Rodriguez was in the lineup as the starting left fielder Saturday night despite his critical gaffe in Friday night's loss when he pinch-ran and got picked off of second base.
"I'm not going to be punitive based on one play," said Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was critical of Rodriguez following Friday night's game. "He was our best matchup in left field today playing against this left-handed pitcher. I've never had a doghouse. I don't intend to have one for anyone other than Winston and Athena, my two dogs.
"Nobody felt worse about that than he did last night. I'm sure he lost sleep over it. I'm sure there were several phone calls. He knew what he had done, and that wasn't good. But as I said, I'm not a doghouse guy. I don't believe in that stuff. So he's going to play today. He's out in left field. He had a great at-bat his last at-bat, also, yesterday, keeping that thing alive. So, hopefully, he learned from that mistake."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less