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Gameday report: Rays at Tigers



UPDATE, 8:12: OF Matt Joyce isn't likely to resume throwing at full strength for at least a week, meaning it may be the final 10 exhibitoin games of the spring before he can return to the outfield. Joyce has been sidelined since Thursday with a right elbow strain - there is no nerve problem as he mentioned - and it has been feeling better. He has been able to swing with no problem. ... C Dioner Navarro (left thumb bruise) is feeling better and should be back on the field sometime next week; he hopes by Tuesday. ... RHP Winston Abreu has been held back following his recovery from an off-season procedure to have an aneurysm in his arm cleared, but has been throwing again and is scheduled to make his game debut on March 22, the same day LHP J.P. Howell is set to throw. ... Closer Rafael Soriano is set for his game debut on Wednesday.

UPDATE, 7:44: The time change and early departure for the long ride to Lakeland has everyone moving a little slow here this morning in Port Charlotte.

Willy Aybar will play second today, but manager Joe Maddon said that's not a reversal of his earlier spring comments about not using Aybar there, but more a matter of finding a way to get him at-bats given Friday's rain-out and Monday's off-day. They are playing Sean Rodriguez in rightfield for a reason, to get a look at the versatile infielder/outfielder and (willing-to-be) emergency catcher.  The Rays are off Monday and then will reconvene Tuesday afternoon in Port Charlotte for a night game against the Red Sox.

Here is the lineup posted in the Rays clubhouse:
Rodriguez, rf
Upton, cf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Aybar, 2b
Burrell, dh
Brignac, ss
Ruggiano, lf
Jaso, c
Niemann, p


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