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Upton benched one game for not running out grounder

Updated: August 6, 2008, 4:05 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton was benched Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians for failing to run out a grounder the previous night.

Rays manager Joe Maddon took the one-game action, saying the topic of running hard on grounders was discussed at a team meeting in Kansas City two weeks ago.

Asked about the benching, Upton said: "I just work here."

Cleveland designated hitter Ryan Garko got an early exit, too, in Wednesday's game after ...

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