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Bullpen looks like it'll stay same; Kotchman, Lopez heading to Durham



UPDATE, 3:20: And so did Cesar Ramos, getting Darnell McDonald looking at a thrid strike to end the seventh. Dan Wheeler had a scoreless inning against his ex-mates.

UPDATE, 3:17: Still 1-1 in the seventh. After Davis went his four innings, Cruz and Peralta had scoreless innings for the Rays.

UPDATE, 2:53: Confirmed the Kotchman and Lopez assignments. Lopez has been working out in minor-league camp, Kotchman is expetced to report on Wednesday.

DEVELOPING: Manager Joe Maddon said it is looking more and more like the bullpen will remain as it is, with Juan Cruz, Jake McGee and Cesar Ramos getting the last three spots and no acquisitons before rosters are set Thursday. He hopes to make it official on Wednesday.

"It's becoming less up in the air,'' Maddon said. "These guys, I hate stringing them out like this. But it's getting very, very close and hopefully by tomorrow I'll be able to tell every one of them straight up what's going on. But it's looking a lot like what you're seeing right now.'' 

Maddon also said he heard that both 1B Casey Kotchman and INF Felipe Lopez, two veterans who were in camp on minor-league deals, will head to Triple-A Durham. "I think everything's going to work out okay there,'' Maddon said.



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