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For starters, Rays vs. Future Rays

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The Rays will wrap up their exhibition slate with a matchup with the Future Rays, a compilation of minor league players, most from Class-A.

Of course, the Future Rays will have a pretty impressive pitching staff, with LHP Matt Moore, LHP J.P. Howell and RHP Wade Davis scheduled to face the big-league hitters. RHP Jeff Niemann will start for the Rays.

As for some pre-game news, though the roster isn't officially announced yet, manager Joe Maddon said Sean Rodriguez will get a bulk of the starts at shortstop, while also playing second base. It appears Rodriguez, Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson will all get time in the middle infield, with Maddon saying there will be a lot of moving around. Jeff Keppinger will also play some second base.

CF B.J. Upton (sore back) is going to take batting practice here, and is feeling better, though there's no date yet for his rehab stint. Maddon indicated it'd take a t least a week, 20-25 at-bats, in the minors for Upton to be ready to return from the disabled list.

As far as today's game, recently-called up C Stephen Vogt will play all nine innings, split between the two teams, in the outfield, as he'll likely play there some during the regular season. DH Luke Scott will get some at-bats for the Future Rays.


Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Zobrist, rf
Longoria 3b
Keppinger 2b
Rodriguez ss
Pena 1b
Molina c
Joyce lf
Johnson DH
Niemann rhp

Future Rays lineup
Morrison dh
Mahtook cf
Dietrich ss
Torrez 3b
Wunderlich 2b
Guevara 2b
rogers lf
bailey c
keirmaier rf
 

[Last modified: Friday, May 4, 2012 12:40am]

    

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