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For starters, Rays vs. Pirates



UPDATE, 4:32: Maddon said Jennings is just about ready and could be in the outfield on Thursday, Jennings said he is planning on it. ... The Rays have set the order of their starting rotaion and are planning to announce it after talking with all the starters. James Shields has the opener and David Price seems like the likely No. 2, but they apparently were considering all of the other three - Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann, Matt Moore - for the No. 3 slot. Maddon said the decision will be based on the first month, not just the first series. ... Rays officials will meet tonight with SS Reid Brignac and CF B.J. Upton to discuss their health and potential availability for opening day. ... Maddon had no update on OF Sam Fuld, who appears headed for wrist surgery.

Also, the Pirates lineup:
Tabata rf
Harrison lf
McCutchen cf
McGehee 3b
Walker 2b
Barajas c
Hague 1b
Barmes ss
Morton p

UPDATE, 2:42: OF Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays lineup as he had hoped, but is listed as a reserve.

Here is the lineup:
Zobrist 2b
Pena 1b
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Scott dh
Lobaton c
S-Rod ss
Johnson cf
Gimenez lf
Price p

BREAKING: The Rays are hosting the Pirates in their last night game of the spring tonight at Charlotte Sports Park.

LHP David Price will be on the mound for the Rays, in his last extended tuneup for the regular season.

SS Reid Brignac (plantar fascia, right foot) was hoping to rejoin the Rays tonight but he is playing in a minor-league today so that is not going to happen. CF B.J. Upton is not playing in a minor-league game, meaning he remains sidelined from the effects of his March 14 collision with Desmond Jennings.



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