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For starters: Rays vs. O's, at Pirates



UPDATE, 11:19: Rays manager Joe Maddon is confident OF Sam Fuld (hamstring tightness) will be ready for Opening Day, saying he'll likely get back into a Grapefruit League game by Monday against the Pirates.

*Maddon said C Jose Molina, behind the plate for today's split-squad home game, will likely catch 5-6 innings.

*The Orioles lineup here: Casilla 2b, Robinson lf, Flaherty 3b, Betemit, 1b, Jackson dh, Pridie rf, Teagarden c, Dickerson cf, Schoop ss, Johnson rhp

UPDATE, 10:29: Sunny tho a bit chilly this morning in Bradenton.

Pirates lineup:
Presley cf
Tabata lf
Pie rf
Sanchez 1b
Inge 3b
Harrison 3b
McKenry c
McDonald ss
Gomez p

UPDATE, 8:47: OF Sam Fuld (right hamstring tightness) will play in a minor-league game today, and play in the outfield. The Rays are confident he will be ready for Opening Day.

UPDATE, 8:14: For the most part, the top infielders are in Port Charlotte and the outfielders in Bradenton. Kinda.

Here are the lineups:

vs. Orioles in Port Chartlotte:
Rodriguez 2b
Fontenot lf
Longoria 3b
Anderson rf
Escobar ss
Loney 1b
Molina c
Cust dh
Bourgeois cf
Niemann p

vs. Pirates in Bradenton
Jennings cf
Johnson lf
Zobrist ss
Joyce rf
Scott dh
Roberts 3b
Duncan 1b
Gimenez c
Figueroa 2b
Cobb p

DEVELOPING: The Rays have not one but two games today, hosting the Orioles in Port Charlotte and facing the Pirates in Bradenton.

RHP Jeff Niemann, battling Roberto Hernandez for the fifth spot in the rotation, starts the game vs. the Orioles. Niemann received three extra days rest after topping out at only 88 mph in his last start March 14, though he said it was for scheduling purposes and both he and the Rays say he is healthy.

RHP Alex Cobb, who is set in the rotation, will start the game in Bradenton, and will have most of the frontline position players with him, such as Desmond Jennings, Mattt Joyce and Ben Zobrist,

Lineups soon.


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