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Gameday report: Rays vs. Marlins



UPDATE, 12:41: The Rays made three more cuts today, reassigning to minor-league camp LHP R.J. Swindle, LHP Jason Cromer and C Craig Albernaz. The camp roster is now at 52.

UPDATE, 11:54: Navarro tested his thumb by taking swings from side of the plate and playing catch and said it felt good, but won't try catching a pitch until Sunday. If it continues to feel good he hopes to return to action on Tuesday. ... Joyce said his elbow felt fine taking swings at full speed, but the Rays didn't want him to try to throw. He didn't know when he would get back in a game but said he doesn't expect to miss too much time.

UPDATE, 10:17: Manager Joe Maddon had a positive report on C Dioner Navarro (left thumb contusion) and OF Matt Joyce (eight elbow strain), but no specifics on when either will return to the lineup. ... He said he's been impressed thus far with the play of INFs Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac and Joyce, and that the competition has been closer than even he expected and even his pre-conceived notions not showing to be the case. ... He also said it was too early to evaluate the competition between Wade Davis and Andy Sonnanstine for the fifth spot in the rotation and that it was still "wide open.'' ... He said Willy Aybar will play second on Sunday in Lakeland just to get him at-bats, that there still are no plans to use Aybar at second during the season. ... Two former Rays are here with the Marlins today - Jorge Cantu and Seth McClung and both said they are doing well. McClung actually wasn't supposed to be here, but drove over to his Tampa area home on Friday without realizing he wasn't pitrching until Sunday back in Jupiter. "So I'll just hang out here,'' he said.

DEVELOPING: It's a much more spring training kind of day in Port Charlotte with bright sunshine and warm temperatures. The Rays will get to play, in an unusual spring training matchup with the Marlins, who made a two-day cross-state trip.

Here is the lineup posted this morning in the Rays clubhouse:

Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Zobrist 2b
Burrell rf
Upton cf
Blalock dh
Shoppach c
Garza p

And for the Marlins
Coghlan lf
Bonifacio cf
Ramirez ss
Cantu 3b
Uggla 1b
Ross dh
Sanchez 1b
Paulino c
Carroll rf
Nolasco p



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