PHILADELPHIA -- Greetings from c-c-c-c-c-cold Citizens Bank park, where the wind is howling and the temperatures might hit the 30s by the time the night is over as the Phillies go for a World Series clincher. Speaking of cold, Rays manager Joe Maddon has tinkered with his lineup because frigid Nos. 3-4 hitters Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria are a combined 0 for 29 in the sereies.
So for tonight, No. 5 man Carl Crawford (.267, 2 HRs) is in the No. 2 hole, with B.J. Upton (.250) going from 2 to 3. Pena drops to fourth and Longoria to five. Frankly, I wonder if it might have been better to have them go to 5-6 and put catcher Dioner Navarro (.357) in a higher slot.
Maddon admitted if this was, say, the middle of June that Pena and Longoria might both be sitting and watching tonight. For now, he's just trying to (his words) "unfreeze" them. Good luck.
"I believe in having a guy take a day off, telling him a day in advance, "Come to the ballpark, sit on the bench and watch a major-league baseball game,' " Maddon said. "I think they get a lot of perspective back. When you're caught up in this moment right now, I don't think that's a good idea and we have to do it in other ways."