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B.J. Upton gets scheduled day off, according to Rays

Jul 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

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B.J. Upton, who had played in every game since the All-Star break, is getting a planned day off on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon said.

It’s been scheduled since last week, he added.

Maddon didn’t know it at the time, but he sparked a million rumors when he removed Upton late in a 10-4 game Friday against the Royals.  With Desmond Jennings having been scratched from Triple-A Durham’s lineup, the move appeared to signal a trade involving Upton.  Upton, though, stayed put and he was in Saturday’s lineup, going 0-for-4 in a 5-4 loss.

Upton had an excellent first half of July, bue he’s 6-for-40 with no extra-base hits since the All-Star break.  The stretch has dropped his OPS from .752 to .706.

Jennings is starting in center field for the Rays today.

  1. pisano - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Does it make a difference if they give him a day off? look at his BA, I think not.

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