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10/19/08 4:30 PM ET

Rays starting Aybar, Baldelli in Game 7

Perez kept on bench as speedy pinch-running option vs. Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rocco Baldelli and Willy Aybar will be in the Rays' lineup for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday night against the Red Sox.

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With lefty Jon Lester starting for Boston, Tampa Bay is going with the right-handed-hitting Baldelli in right and the switch-hitting Aybar as their DH.

Rays Game 7 lineup
1. Akinori Iwamura2B
2. B.J. UptonCF
3. Carlos Pena1B
4. Evan Longoria3B
5. Carl CrawfordLF
6. Willy AybarDH
7. Dioner NavarroC
8. Rocco BaldelliRF
9. Jason BartlettSS
Baldelli has one hit in three at-bats in the ALCS, but that one hit was a three-run homer in Game 3 off Paul Byrd. By using Baldelli rather than speedy rookie Fernando Perez, the Rays have a nice pinch-running option available off the bench.

Aybar is hitting .375 in the ALCS with a home run and five RBIs. He is hitting .333 with a home run and three RBIs from the right side in the ALCS.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.