The Real Test Starts Today. Except For Tampa, They Play Baltimore

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rays.JPGMark Topkin sends along the Rays lineup:

Akinori Iwamura, 2b
Carl Crawford, lf
Carlos Pena, 1b
B.J. Upton, cf
Cliff Floyd, dh
Willy Aybar, 3b
Eric Hinske, rf
Dioner Navarro, c
Jason Bartlett, ss

It's an Eric Hinske sighting! Hinske gets the start for his 3rd AL East squad. The lineup is pretty impressive, even if I still don't believe the hype. But hey, Carlos Pena at the 3 spot? That's a mighty big job for the Comeback Player Of The Year.

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i'd bat crawford in the leadoff position, and switch pena and upton. pena should be batting cleanup.

I agree with the Upton/Pena switch, while Bill James thinks we're both retards for caring.

How many handjobs did Hinske give to get the nod in right? Of all the young talent in the rays organization, the best they can come up with is Eric Hinske?

Willy Aybar instead of that Desperate Housewives chick at 3rd is just as bad as Hinske starting.

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