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For starters, Rays vs. Phillies

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March

Update 10:19 a.m. Manager Joe Maddon said there have been several late-additions to the list of players shaving their heads for pediatric cancer, including Evan Longoria, David Price, Jeff Niemann and hitting coach Derek Shelton.

The Rays wore their "Fortune Favors the Bald" t-shirts during warm-ups and batting practice.

As for on-the-field news:

*Maddon said OFs Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton should "definitely" play by Saturday. Maddon said Upton is a little "banged up" and more sore than Jennings, who is on the travel squad for Friday's game in Dunedin.

*Maddon said DH Luke Scott, making his third exhibition start today, will not play in the field during the spring as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Scott is, however, a candidate for the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

*C Jose Molina will catch the first of back-to-back games, including tommorrow in Dunedin, as both he and the Rays want to see what he can give them this season. Molina has never started more than 81 games in a season in his career. Maddon has talked with Molina a lot about it, and he wants to build up through spring training and get used to "these kind of moments."

“I think it’s going to be helpful in trying to figure out how we’re going to be able to utilize him during the season,” Maddon said.

The Phillies aren't bringing their "A" squad to Port Charlotte, with CF Juan Pierre and ex-Ray 3B Ty Wigginton the main recognizable names

Phillies lineup
Pierre cf
Frandsen 22
Wigginton 3b
Brown dh
Montanez rf
Luna 1b
Orr 2b
Gosewisch c
Clevlen LF
Pineiro rhp

Developing: The Rays are all wearing their yellow "Fortune Favors the Bald" t-shirts, ready to shave their heads today for Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

And they'll also play the Phillies, with RHP Wade Davis set to take the mound.

LF Desmond Jennings, who collided with CF B.J. Upton in yesterday's game, is not in the lineup. But Jennings said he feels better, no pain, and could play today. No sight of Upton in the clubhouse yet.

DH Luke Scott will get another chance to test his surgically-repaired shoulder in his third Grapefruit League appearance. And UTL Jeff Keppinger continues to show his versatility, playing third.

Rays lineup
Fuld cf
Scott dh
Joyce rf
Pena 1b
Keppinger 3b
Brignac ss
Molina c
Guyer lf
Rhymes 2b
Davis rhp

[Last modified: Saturday, April 14, 2012 12:40am]

    

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