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For starters: Rays vs. Blue Jays, with an opening day lineup?



UPDATE, 10:47: Cash wouldn't quite commit but ackowledged today's lineup is "similar" to what they will use next Sunday, and did confirm Forsythe will be the leadoff hitter against right- and left-handed starters. ... Cash said Chris Archer will pitch in a Triple-A game on Tuesday in Fort Myers rather than face #BlueJays, his opening day opponent. .. Cash said with th need for only 4 starters the first 2 weeks, they're considering keeping three catcherss, which doesn't bode well for displaced 1B James Loney staying around. .. Cash said the Rays will have additional security after the Saturday night incident where a fan upset they had gone to Cuba ran onto the field and threw a beer can/aluminum bottle into their dugout.

UPDATE, 9:27: The Rays are starting what looks to be their opening day lineup, save for the pitcher:

Forsythe 2b,
Morrison 1b,
Longoria 3b,
Dickerson DH,
Jennings lf,
Miller SS,
Souza RF,
Kiermaier cf,
Casali c,
Carpenter p

In addition to Carpenter, other relievers scheduled for work today include Webb, Colome, Cedeno, Farquhar, Bellatti.

And for the Jays:

Kevin Pillar, CF
Ryan Goins, SS
Michael Saunders, LF
Justin Smoak, DH
Darrell Ceciliani, RF
Darwin Barney, 2B
Casey Kotchman, 1B
David Adams, 3B
A.J. Jiminez, C
Drew Hutchison, RHP

And here is the Rays lineup for the 11 a.m. intrasquad game:
Guyer rf,
Beckham SS,
Mahtook cf,
Pearce 3b,
Loney 1b,
Rivera c,
Motter 2b,
Decker lf,
Moore p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are back in Port Charlotte this morning to take on the Blue Jays.

LHP Matt Moore will work a minor-league intrasquad game as the Rays use all relievers against the team they will face for real next Sunday.

Lineup when available

UPDATE, 2:25 Facing a big-league lineup in an intrasquad setting late Sunday morning, Moore logged his lengthiest spring stint (six innings, 98 pitches) that almost certainly will be followed by one of his shorter ones.

Moore allowed two runs on seven hits -- including consecutive first-inning doubles -- while striking out eight and walking two. He said he expects his workload to taper off considerably in his next spring start, his last before the regular season.

"That's what we've done ever since I've been here, is work up to 105 and back down to three or four innings," Moore said.

"I wouldn't ask much more out of myself right now. Just how I feel on the day I start, I feel ready to compete, and for me that's always been the thing I'm looking for. I just want to feel like I've prepared for this start, like I was rested and revived from the previous one, and go compete in the next one."


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