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For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, but Archer in Port Charlotte

Opening day starter Chris Archer will be pitching, and 7-8 others playing, in a Triple-A game against the Twins in Fort Myers.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Opening day starter Chris Archer will be pitching, and 7-8 others playing, in a Triple-A game against the Twins in Fort Myers.

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UPDATE, 9:48: Under the new plan, Archer will throw against Rays hitters to try to get to 50 pitches. Brad Miller is wearing his usual game uniform of striped socks and high pants in a nod to Archer.

UPDATE, 9:42: Another change for Rays is that Longoria is not playing in Dunedin; he is here in Port Charlotte. So here is the new Rays lineup v. Jays:

Forsythe 2b;
Kiermaier cf,
Jennings lf,
Dickerson RF,
Pearce 1b,
Loney DH,
Beckham SS,
Casali c,
Shaffer 3b
Andriese p

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UPDATE, 8:53: The Rays made a late change in plans, apparently due to a forecast for heavy afternoon showers, so Archer will now stay in Port Charlotte and throw to hitters at 11 a.m. Cash will stay here as well.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are back in action today, with a scheduled game in Dunedin against the Blue Jays that features 3B Evan Longoria, CF Kevin Kiermaier and a host of other regulars.

But they also have opening day starter Chris Archer pitching, and 7-8 others playing, in a Triple-A game against the Twins in Fort Myers.

For Archer, it is strategic, as he otherwise would be pitching against the same Blue Jays team he will face for real Sunday.

But for the others, such as 1B Logan Morrison, SS Brad Miller, Souza and Cs Hank Conger and Rene Rivera, it is a chance to get extra at-bats since the Rays were off Monday. Manager Kevin Cash and coaches Stan Boroski and Jamie Nelson will be there as well, with Tom Foley managing the team in Dunedin.

Here is the planned lineup against the Jays today, with Matt Andriese making the start.

Forsythe 2b
Kiermaier cf
Longoria 3b
Dickerson rf
Jennings lf
Loney DH
Pearce 1b
Beckham ss
Casali c
Andriese p

Also scheduled to pitch are Erasmo Ramirez, Steve Geltz and Enny Romero.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:10pm]

    

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