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For starters: Rays vs. Phillies, with a new look



UPDATE, 1:12: Matt Moore starts with a crisp 7-pitch 1-2-3 first inning. For updates, see our @TBTimes_Rays Twiitter feed, which also can be viewed on the Rays page on

UPDATE, 10:13: Rays manager Joe Maddon said OF Sam Fuld, out nearly 2 weeks with right hamstring tightness, is still 4-5 days from returning, but that his spot on the opening day roster is not in danger. ... Maddon reiterated that he is not concerned about any health issues with RHP JEff Niemann, who was clocked at a few miles an hour below his usual velocity on Thursday. .., And the biggest issue for LHP Matt Moore, who has not been sharp this spring, is repeating his delivery. ... Maddon also said he watched last night's ninth-inning WBC matchup between closer Fernando Rodney and INF/OF Ben Zobrist with mixed feelings. "It was kinda weird,'' he said. "I could understand the Harbaughs, the parents. Who do you root for? There was no rooting.'' Maddon did sympathize with Zobrist, noting how well Rodney was throwing. ...

Phillies lineup:
Revere cf
Frandsen 2b
Young 3b
Brown rf
Ruf lf
Ruiz c
Mayberry 1b
Fields dh
Galvis ss
Lannan p


UPDATE, 8:08: Rays lineup with a twist, Ryan Roberts at first base:

Jennings cf
Escobar ss
Longoria 3b
Duncan dh
Roberts 1b
Johnson 2b
S-Rod lf
Myers rf
Lobaton c
Moore p

DEVELOPING: The Rays will at the least have a different look this afternoon when they host the Phillies at the Charlotte Sports Park after many, if not most, will have their heads shaved as part of an event to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

LHP Matt Moore, who has not been sharp yet this spring, will be on the mound for his fourth appearance, trying to work out the flaws in his mechanics. Most of the regulars are expected to be in the lineup as well.

Fans who want to support the PCF cause can either join the Rays on the stadium boardwalk for the 11:30 event and have their hair cut for a $100 donation, or donate online at pcfcutforacure,org.

Lineups soon,

[Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 1:13pm]


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