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Rays manager Joe Maddon made a critical mistake in his lineup card before Sunday’s game against the Indians. The Rays penciled in Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria to play third base, while Maddon had intended Longoria play DH.
When Ben Zobrist took the field in the top of the first, the umpires took more than 10 minutes to decide that Longoria be moved to the bench, the Rays lose their DH, and Andy Sonnanstine hit third in the batting order. Sonnanstine did well, going 1-3 with an RBI double.
Longoria eventually entered the game in the sixth inning, replacing Zobrist at third base and Sonnanstine at the No. 3 hole. Zobrist moved to right field to replace Gabe Kapler and Grant Balfour came in to take Kapler’s spot in the batting order (No. 7).