Sunday, August 17, 2008

B.J. Upton to Return to Rays After Being Benched

Rays outfielder B.J. Upton -- benched by manager Joe Maddon in the sixth inning of Friday's game for failing to hustle -- will return to the lineup today, Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times.

It was the second time Upton has been disciplined in as many weeks, most recently failing to play crisply in an attempt to turn a double play, and having dogged it running out a grounder on Aug. 6.

Upton -- who will observe his 24th birthday on Wednesday -- is hitting a mediocre .264, but his more than .370 on-base percentage has enabled him to steal 36 bags.

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