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For starters, Rays vs. O's, with Longoria at DH

Erik Bedard will be on the mound for the Rays, taking on Orioles righty Miguel Gonzalez, who is coming off the following an oblique strain.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Erik Bedard will be on the mound for the Rays, taking on Orioles righty Miguel Gonzalez, who is coming off the following an oblique strain.

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UPDATE, 6:05: Maddon wasn't sure pre-game whether LHP Jake McGee, who worked the previous two games, would be available tonight. He also said they are concerned about deposed closer Grant Balfour's confidence after he struggled again Monday, but still believes he will play a big role this season.

UPDATE, 6:01: Maddon said he wanted to get Longoria off his feet for a day, and liked the idea of doing it tonight with a fly ball pitcher (Bedard) starting. Similarly, he thought Kiermaier needed a day off today. ..  The Rays were on the field at 3:30, about 45 minutes earlier than normal, to go through the first of several days of extra drills, sort of a spring training in June. Among items they covered today were bunt defenses, turning double plays and outfielders making plays at the wall. ... Longoria said he is sporting a blond mohawk in salute to the World Cup and all the interesting hairstyles the players sport.  ... Maddon said there were no issues with the new cutout in the outfield fence.

Orioles lineup:
Markakis rf
Pearce dh
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Cruz lf
Hardy ss
Machado 3b
Schoop 2b
Joseph c
Gonzalez p

DEVELOPING: After rallying to win Monday's series opener, the Rays are back on the field tonight against the Orioles seeking to build on their run of success.

LHP Erik Bedard will be on the mound for the Rays, taking on Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez, who is coming off the following an oblique strain.

The Rays have Evan Longoria at DH for the second time this season, with Sean Rodriguez playing third. Also, David DeJesus starts in leftfield.

The Rays have signed two more draft picks, RHP Brent Honeywell (72nd overall) and 4th rd RHP Blake Bivens.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Joyce rf
Longoria dh
Loney 1b
Zobrist 2b
DeJesus lf
Escobar ss
Molina c
Rodriguez 3b
Bedard p

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