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For starters, Rays vs. Rangers



The Rays, coming off a four-game split with the Jays, will start a three-game series tonight with the Rangers.


RHP Jake Odorizzi, named the fifth starter in the rotation late in spring, is excited to make his season debut, believing he's a "different" pitcher from the one people saw last year.

RF Wil Myers, scratched from Thursday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms, said he's feeling much better, and will start tonight.

INF Sean Rodriguez is back, just one day after his wife Giselle gave birth to their fourth child, a baby boy named Zekiel. Rodriguez said it was special, like the other ones, though noting the family is probably done expanding. "I've definitely got my infield down, from first to third," he joked. Rodriguez will start today against Rangers lefty Joe Saunders.

Since Saunders is tough on lefties, 1B James Loney is not in the lineup, neither is Matt Joyce. Logan Forsythe and Brandon Guyer get the start.

The Rangers look a little different, without Ian Kinsler, but have Prince Fielder and Shin Soo Choo.

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Myers rf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Forsythe dh
Rodriguez 1b
Guyer lf
Hanigan c
Escobar ss
Odorizzi rhp

Rangers lineup
Choo lf
Andrus ss
Fielder 2b
Beltre 3b
Rios rf
Moreland dh
Murphy 2b
Martin cf
Arencibia c
Saunders lhp



[Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 5:01pm]


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