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For starters, Rays vs Marlins



Update 10:13 a.m. Rays manager Joe Maddon said C Robinson Chirinos is sidelined with a concussion, suffered earlier this week when he got hit on the mask with a foul ball.


Maddon isn't sure when Chirinos will return to game action, but they'll monitor him daily.

Other notes from this morning:

*LHP Matt Moore said he felt good coming off his spring debut Tuesday, and will make his next appearance this weekend, when he'll start and likely pitch three innings.

*Maddon praised LHP Jake McGee, saying he's a more confident pitcher now, having graduated to the third series of development of believing he belongs.

*Maddon has been impressed with UTL Jeff Keppinger on how he's comfortable no matter where you put him in the field, and has a certain calmness at the plate that makes him a tough out.

Here's the Marlins lineup, including regulars Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez.
Mattison CF
Murphy 2b
Ramirez 3b
Sanchez 1b
Kearns dh
Peterson lf
Rowand rf
Hayes c
Solano ss
Sanchez rhp

Developing: The Rays are back in Port Charlotte, and will host the new-look Miami Marlins today, with many regulars in the lineup.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson will get the start on the mound.

Today will be an opportunity for the Rays to see UTL Jeff Keppinger at first base, as he's a potential backup to Carlos Pena against some lefties. C Jose Lobaton gets another chance to impress as he competes for the second catcher's spot, and Elliot Johnson shows his versatility in rightfield.

Rays lineup
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Longoria 3b
Zobrist 2b
Keppinger 1b
Vogt dh
Rodriguez ss
Lobaton c
Johnson rf
Hellickson rhp


[Last modified: Friday, April 13, 2012 12:40am]


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