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With the inning over, Upton dropped his head and bent over at second base for a few moments before taking his position on defense.
Upton was benched for one game on Aug. 6, the day after he failed to run hard on a grounder back to the mound against Cleveland. Maddon removed him in the middle of an inning at Texas for not hustling on a double-play grounder Friday, then left him out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers.
The game drew an announced crowd of 15,896, despite the approach of Tropical Storm Fay, which is expected to make landfall along Florida's Gulf Coast -- south of the Tampa Bay area -- on Tuesday.
Tuesday night's game between the division leaders is still scheduled, however Rays president Matt Silverman said that could change if the storm deviates from its projected path. If there's a postponement, it likely will be rescheduled as part of a Wednesday doubleheader.
Notes: Hinske has three homers in his last seven games. ... Angels OF Reggie Willits, on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 9 because of a mild concussion, could start a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday or Thursday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. ... Percival, Tampa Bay's closer, opted not to have surgery on his injured right knee and hopes to resume throwing off a mound in four or five days.
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