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For starters: Smyly gives up 3 HRs as Rays lose 6-1

Drew Smyly, who has looked sharp and healthy this spring, will be on the mound and is expected to throw around 100 pitches.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Drew Smyly, who has looked sharp and healthy this spring, will be on the mound and is expected to throw around 100 pitches.

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UPDATE, 4:04: The Rays lost 6-1 as Smyly allowed three home runs over six innings that otherwise went well. ... Smyly said his fastball command was off a bit but otherwise he felt good about his 93-pitch outing. ... RF Steven Souza Jr. had an outstanding throw to 2B to nail Eddie Rosario trying to stretch a single. ...

UPDATE, 11:00: Cash said Beckham is quite sore after being hit on the right shin by a pitch Thursday but Beckham said he hopes to play Saturday. ... Cash said he may name the rest of the rotation for the opening series vs. Toronto; it would be a surprise if it's not Archer, Smyly, Odorizzi, Moore. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez is likely to open the season in the bullpen. ... Matt Moore will pitch in a minor-league camp game on Sunday rather than face the Blue Jays. Several position players will participate as well.

Here is the Twins lineup:
Buxton cf
Mauer 1b
Sano rf
Plouffe 3b
Quentin dh
Rosario lf
Nunez ss
Suzuki c
Beresford 2b
Santana p

UPDATE, 9:25: Here is the Rays lineup, with the top four looking as it may look opening day:

Forsythe 2b
Miller ss
Longoria 3b
Dickerson dh
Guyer cf
Loney 1b
Souza rf
Mahtook lf
Casali c
Smyly p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are, finally, back in Port Charlotte, playing a home game for the first time in nearly a week. It won't quite be a "normal" day though as they won't take batting practice - and thus have a later report time - after playing on Thursday night in Tampa.

LHP Drew Smyly, who has looked sharp and healthy this spring, will be on the mound and is expected to throw around 100 pitches. Ex-Ray Kevin Jepsen is among the relievers scheduled to see action for the Twins.

Because of the late report, the lineup won't be posted until a little later.

[Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2016 4:05pm]

    

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