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Gameday report: Rays at Red Sox

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Update 5:38 p.m. While it appears INF Willy Aybar will be ready for Opening Day, manager Joe Maddon said today that OF Matt Joyce more than likely won't be.

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Joyce, who has an elbow strain, has still yet to throw to the bases, and while he's on pace for around 90 at-bats, he's not progressing as quickly as he'd like arm-wise. "I'm not highly optimistic at this point he's going to be ready for the season, but we're still holding out," Maddon said.

*Maddon said C Dioner Navarro (bruised nerve left shin) came through today's minor league game well, and will catch Tuesday's game against the Red Sox (about five innings). C Kelly Shoppach will catch LHP David Price in the minor league game.

Developing: The Rays will travel to Fort Myers today for a night game against the Red Sox, and will be bringing several regulars - including Jason Bartlett, Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria.

Willy Aybar, who has been battling a hamstring strain, will DH, with the Rays getting another look at Hank Blalock at first base.

Here is the lineup:
Bartlett ss
Crawford lf

Longoria, 3b
Upton cf
Aybar dh
Burrell rf
Blalock 1b
Rodriguez 2b
Ashley c
Niemann p

Here is the Red Sox lineup:
Scutaro ss
Pedroia 2b

Drew, rf
Youkilis 1b
Ortiz dh
Lowell  3b
Varitek c
Cameron cf
Hall lf
Beckett p

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:15am]

    

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