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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox



UPDATE, 11:15: Maddon said Luke Scott has continued to progress in recovery from the tight left hamstring that has sidelined him a week and Maddon expects him to play on Monday. ... Cecil Fielder is in uniform and Maddon said he is glad to have him around for a few days, that he likes how he interacts with players.

UPDATE, 9:53: Red Sox lineup, with no Jonny Gomes:

Ellsbury cf
Pedroia 2b
Nava lf
Lavarnway dh
Sweeney rf
Ross c
Overbay 1b
Sutton 3b
Ciriaco ss
Lackey p

UPDATE, 9:36: CF Desmond Jennings said his left ankle feels fine this morning and he expects to return to the lineup as soon as Monday night. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson said his poor Saturday outing, and resulting frustration, was the result of struggles with his command and he felt fine physically. ... INF prospect Tim Beckham hopes to miss only a couple days after a scary incident Friday when he was hit in the face by a thrown ball during drills and needed several sticthes to close a cut under his rigth eye. ... Cecil Fielder is already here.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are back in Port Charlotte this morning for what will be a busy day, including a game against the Red Sox.

But first, as they say, a free pregame concert by the B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band led by Joe Maddons's childhood friend Willie Forte; a first-pitch and children's book signing by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken; Cecil Fielder in a Rays uniform as part of the Adopt a Legend Program; and the first appearance of the spring by principal owner Stuart Sternberg.

Matt Moore will be on the mound for the Rays against Boston's John Lackey.

Rays lineup:
Escobar ss
Johnson 2b
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Loney 1b
Gimenez c
Cust dh
Anderson lf
Rodriguez cf
Moore p

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