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Long day at park alters Tribe lineup today

By Sheldon Published: September 19, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Saturday night's numerous and lengthy rain delays plus the time it took to play the game itself added up to six hours, 37 minutes.

The marathon day and night at the ballpark followed by today's day game was not lost on manager Manny Acta, who made changes in the lineup to rest tired players.

Drew Sutton, who has made two starts at second, was in the lineup at short for the first time.

""He'a played short in the minors,'' Acta said. ""So we'll see. I just want to give (Asdrubal) Cabrera a day off.''

In other moves, Andy Marte was at third instead of Jayson Nix, Trevor Crowe made a rare start in right in place of Shin-Soo Choo, and Choo filled in at designated hitter for Travis Hafner.

Hafner's absence from the lineup was related to the shoulder fatigue that has bothered him for a couple of months. Acta removed him from Saturday night's game in the eighth inning, fearful at the rain and humidity might cointribute to Hafner's prblems.

""I took him out because the last time (rainy conditions against the Tigers), he ended up with the achy shoulder because of all the rain delays,'' Acta said.

Finally, Chris Gimenez was behind the plate instead of Lou Marson, which is normal procedure for day games after night games.

Justin Masterson was limted to 3 1/3 innings in his start Saturday night, so he is 3 2/3 innings short of his innings limit for the season. That means Acta won't hesitate to use him in the bullpen two or three times.

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