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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox with no Longoria again

No. 2 starter Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays.


No. 2 starter Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays.



UPDATE, 9:50: Rays manager Kevin Cash said 3B Evan Longoria is "fine" and "more or less resting" and will play one of the next two days as he prepares for Sunday's season opener against Toronto. Cash said Longoria did all his regular work in the cage and in the field -- he hasn't played since Sunday.

-- Cash said the team will likely wait until Saturday for its final roster decisions, saying it will be "down to the wire," not only in who wins which battles but even the roster composition, pondering whether to keep a bench of four or five players as opposed to a larger bullpen.

-- Cash reiterated that Brad Miller will be the Rays' shortstop this season, dismissing any notion of a platoon or shared role with Tim Beckham, who is expected to help off the bench.

UPDATE, 8:21: The Rays announced that saxophonist BK Jackson will perform both anthems at Sunday's opener vs. the Blue Jays.

DEVELOPING: The Rays today play their second to last game of the spring in Port Charlotte, hosting a Red Sox split squad - that includes David Ortiz - at 1:05,

3B Evan Longoria is not in the Rays lineup; he was scratched from Tuesday's game in Dunedin and the Rays were off Monday. Longoria was in Port Charlotte on Tuesday; manager Kevin Cash said there was "nothing wrong" and that Longoria wanted some extra rest before opening the season.

No. 2 starter Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays.
Here is the Rays lineup:

Guyer CF,
Miller SS,
Pearce 3B,
Dickerson LF,
Souza Jr DH,
Loney 1B,
Beckham 2B,
Mahtook RF,
Casali C,
Smyly p

And here is the Red Sox lineup:

Holt LF,
Pedroia 2B,
Bogaerts SS,
Ortiz DH,
Ramirez 1B,
Shaw 3B,
Craig RF,
Bradley Jr. CF,
Leon C,
Cuevas P

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