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Spring game report: Rays at Marlins, with Davis scratched (6-3 win)



UPDATE, 3:50: Rays end up with a 6-3 win. Maddon very pleased overall, with pitching, defense and situational work on the bases.

UPDATE, 2:36: Elliot Johnson breaks from third and after a poorly executed rundown scores in what amount to a steal of home. Rays up 4-1.

UPDATE, 2:28: Rays rallying off ex-mate Randy Choate, take a 3-1 lead. Sam Fuld singled and John Jaso walked to get it started, and Elliot Johnson delivered a two-run double.

UPDATE, 2:19: Elliot Johnson makes a running, diving catch in centerfield to end the inning. Rays and Marlins are tied 1-1 through five.

UPDATE, 2:16: Error on a routine ground ball by 3B Felipe Lopez gives the Marlins a start in the fifth against Rob Delaney.

UPDATE, 1:54: Rays tie it as Elliot Johnson singles, steals second and third, then scores on a sac fly by Manny in fourth.

UPDATE, 1:46: Wade is done midway through the third, and Rob Delaney starts what will be a parade of relievers. Wade threw 47 pitches (30 strikes) over 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, striking out four. It's still 1-0 through 3.

UPDATE, 1:39: Sam Fuld laces a double to right but Rays leave him out there, it's 1-0 in mid-third.

UPDATE, 1:31: Marlins C John Buck takes Wade very deep to left as Marlins take a 1-0 lead in second. 

UPDATE, 1:22: Fill-in starter Cory Wade zips through the first inning with three strikeouts, and Matt Joyce starts the Rays second with a single, but Felipe Lopez grounds into a double play.

 UPDATE, 1:07:  Rays go down quickly in the first, with Manny - who after talking his way into the lineup said he came over to Jupiter last night and stayed in a hotel - taking a called third strike, and offering some constructive criticism to home plate ump Jerry Meals.





Manager Joe Maddon said he got an email late Tuesday from head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield that scheduled starter Wade Davis was vomiting and had other issues, so they scratched him from the start. He likely will throw next on Friday but shoudn't be set back for the season opener. ... Maddon also said Hellickson should be fine.

MARLINS lineup:
Coghlan cf
Infante 2b
Ramirez ss
Sanchez 1b
Morrison lf
Buck c
Helms dh
Dominguez 3b
Bonaficio rf
Volstad p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are headed across the state to complete their home-and-home series with the Marlins, and there already is news this morning as RHP Wade Davis was scratched from his start due to what the team said was the flu.

RHP Cory Wade, a non-roster candidate for a bullpen job, will start in his place.

Manny Ramirez, after a big day Tuesday, asked to make the trip and will in the lineup at DH.

Also, word from our man Joe Smith in Port Charlotte is that RHP Jeremy Hellickson said he is feeling better (he had a headache after the game and wasn't available to the media) and that the blister on his right hand is fine (though covered with a bandage this morning) and he will make his next start as planned on Sunday.

Here is the Rays lineup that was posted in the clubhouse in Port Charlotte:
Jaso c
E. Johnson cf
Ramirez DH
Joyce rf
Lopez 3b
Kotchman 1b
Rodriguez 2b
Brignac ss
Fuld lf
Wade p




Manny Ramirez talks to Reid Brignac during batting practice in Jupiter today.

UPDATE, 12:31:

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