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FINAL UPDATE: The Rays lost 3-1. They were held to one hit through the first seven innings and three total by the Orioles. Manager Joe Maddon said he was pleased with their overall play and their pitching.

UPDATE, 2:55: The Rays fell behind 1-0 in the fifth when Alex Cobb loaded the bases then walked Nick Johnson to force in a run. Most of the starters are now out of the game.

UPDATE, 1:58: Davis went two innings for the Rays, allowing one hit while throwing 28 pitches (20 strikes). The score is 0-0 through three innings.

UPDATE, 1:10: Wade Davis threw the first pitch at 1:07. News updates will be posted here, follow along on Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays .


UPDATE, 10:48: Not many familiar names in the Orioles lineup, as they have the odd spring-opening split squad schedule, with a home game tonight in Sarasota.

Chavez rf
Antonelli 2b
N. Johnson dh
Betemit 1b
Mahoney lf
Teagarden c
Flaherty ss
Bell 3b
Avery cf
Simon p

BREAKING: After losing their first two games to the Twins, the Rays take on the Orioles today at the Charlotte Sports Park.

Wade Davis will be on the mound and, given the battle for a spot in the rotation, said he will be pitching with the mentality that it is already June or July.

Here is the lineup posted in the Rays clubhouse, with the most interesting note that Jeff Keppinger is playing first base:

Brignac ss
Upton cf
Zobrist 2b
Joyce dh
Keppinger 1b
Molina c
Mangini 3b
Johnson rf
Guyer lf



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