After a hard-fought series against the Boston Red Sox and returning home to face White Sox lefty Chris Sale, Rays manager Joe Maddon decided to rest both first baseman Carlos Pena and designated hitter Luke Scott. Utility man Drew Sutton and Jose Lobaton, respectively, filled those spots.
Sutton said he didn't expect to be playing this much since being traded from Pittsburgh, but Maddon has liked what he's seen from the 28-year-old, especially from the plate.
"He's just been great, both sides of the plate," Maddon said. "I like what he's done, he's been very calm about it. He's a skillful player."
Pitcher James Shields showed up later than he would've liked Monday thanks to his truck breaking down on his way to Tropicana Field. He said he was stranded for "about an hour" on the Bayside Bridge. Shields lucked out, however, that his car troubles didn't happen a day later, when he's scheduled to start.
"I was talking to the highway patrol about who I'm gonna be facing [Tuesday], my plan of attack and facing the White Sox hitters," Shields joked.