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The Rays organization has released rosters for all four of its minor league teams. Here they are: …

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Rays opening day roster

Here is the Rays official opening day roster:

Starters (5)
RH Alex Cobb
RH Jeremy Hellickson
RH Roberto Hernandez
LH Matt Moore
LH David Price

Relievers (7)
RH Kyle Farnsworth
LH Jake McGee
RH Jeff Niemann
RH Joel Peralta
LH Cesar Ramos
RH Fernando Rodney
RH Jamey Wrightr

Catchers (2):
Jose Lobaton
Jose Molina

Infielders (7)
Shelley Duncan
Yunel Escobar
Kelly Johnson
James Loney
Evan Longoria
Ryan Roberts
Sean Rodriguez

Outfielders (4)
Sam Fuld
Desmond Jennings
Matt Joyce
Ben Zobrist

Disabled list (2)
RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, 60-day
DH Luke Scott, 15-day


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Rays add Duncan, DFA Vogt + Chirinos

UPDATE, 4:14: Executive VP Andrew Friedman said they considered other players but chose Duncan for a reason. "Extra base-hit ability,'' he said. "We feel like Shelley has a chance to hit the ball out of the ballpark and add value with his power.'' ... The decisions on Vogt and Chirinos were difficult he said, but with Gimenez next in line behind the plate it was something they felt they could do in an effort to put the best team on the field now, without knowing how long Scott will be out.

DEVELOPING: The Rays have called up 1B/OF/DH Shelley Duncan and set their opening day roster.

Doing so required creating two spots on the 40-man roster, and C Robinson Chirinos and 1B/C/OF Stephen Vogt were designated for assignment.

Duncan will take the place of injured DH Luke Scott and is likely to be in the lineup against all left-handed pitchers. Scott was placed on the 15-day DL thought he could be out up to five weeks.

Veteran RHP Jamey Wright was added to the roster as well,

The Rays also added RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo to the 40-man roster, then immediately moved him to the 60-day DL, He is expected to be out until September. …

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Video: Marc Topkin's spring training report

Times beat writer Marc Topkin filed this video report from Saturday's spring training finale at Tropicana Field as the Rays played to a 3-3 tie and finished 15-17-2. Video by Chris Zuppa.



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Video: Moore on strong spring finish

Rays LHP Matt Moore put a good finish on a bad spring with a solid outing on Saturday and said he is confident going into the season. His first start will be Friday vs. Cleveland.



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Rays tie 3-3, finish spring 15-17-2

The Rays and Tigers played to a 3-3 tie before a crowd announced in excess of 15,000 at Tropicana Field today.

The good news for the Rays was that LHP Matt Moore put a good finish on a bad spring, overcoming a 25-pitch first inning to work three quick innings and leave manager Joe Maddon feeling confident he found his groove.

The Rays got their runs on home runs by James Loney, Ryan Roberts and Sean Rodriguez.

The bad news was that the Rays won only once in their last 11 spring games, eliminating the premise of building momentum going into the season. Maddon said he obviously would have preferred they won more, but wasn't too concerned because they lost several of the games late with minor-leaguers on the field.

The Rays are off Sunday, have a closed workout at the Trop on Monday and then open the season Tuesday vs. the Orioles.


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So, what's the deal with Luke Scott's sideburns?

Luke Scott hits a grand slam to right center off Doug Fister in the fourth during of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.


Luke Scott hits a grand slam to right center off Doug Fister in the fourth during of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

The Rays' Luke Scott is a good sport, explaining his sideburns, demonstrating his "sniper crawl" — and would you guess he's bilingual? Watch Scott's segment of our "Meet the Rays" video series — and see the full series.

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Leslie Anderson wins Al Lopez award

OF/1B/DH Leslie Anderson was named winner of the Al Lopez Award as the "most outstanding" rookie in the Rays spring training camp.

Anderson hit .396 with 1 homer and 12 RBIs.

He is the first Cuban winner of the award named after Lopez, the Hall of Famer who has Cuban roots.

Anderson is expected to open the season at Durham,


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Luke Scott to start season on DL, remain out at least 2-3 weeks

Luke Scott hits a grand slam to right center off Doug Fister in the fourth during of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.


Luke Scott hits a grand slam to right center off Doug Fister in the fourth during of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

UPDATE, 4:23: Maddon said Scott would be out a minimum of 2-3 weeks from now, pushing his return to mid- to late-April, and possibly up to 5, though being a DH should make it more on the short end. The Rays will wait until Sunday to name his replacement, still mulling options.

UPDATE, 3:29: Scott said he is going on the DL and hopes it will be a short stay. He received a cortisone shot in the strained calf in hopes that gets the inflammation down. He said he was "very disappointed, to say the least.''

He would be eligible to return April 8.

The Rays have not yet said who will tak hios place on the roster.

Scott thinks his repeated muscle issues are the result of drinking too much water. He drinks a gallon of special alkaline water a day.

UPDATE, 12:11: Rays exc VP Friedman said he also expects Scott to end up on DL, and they are planning to announce his replacement later today.

DEVELOPING: An MRI showed a strain in DH Luke Scott's right calif and manager Joe Maddon said Scott is "more than likely" headed to the DL. …

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For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, at the Trop

UPDATE, 12;15: Cobb will pitch in a simulated game at the Trop during Monday's workout rather than in the minor-league on Sunday in Port Charlotte. ... Roberto Hernandez threw 3 innings (48 pitches) in a minor-league game on Saturday vs. the Orioles.

UPDATE, 11:06: Sam Fuld was scratched from today's lineup with an upset stomach. Sean Rodriguez will hit in his place and play rightfield.

Jennings cf
Fuld Rodriguez rf
Zobrist 2b
Joyce lf
Roberts 3b
Escobar ss
Loney 1b
Molina c
Johnson dh
Moore p


UPDATE, 10:49: Tigers lineup:

Jackson cf
Hunter rf
Martinez dh
Tuiasosopo 1b
Peralta ss
Infante 2b
Pena c
McVaney lf
Kelly 3b
Fister p

UPDATE, 10:37: Longoria is not playing for the Rays for a second straight day, saying he feels he got enough at-bats and wants to "be fresh" for the opener. .. With Luke Scott likely going on the DL, Sam Fuld could end up with more playing time. ... RHP Alex Cobb, who is the fifth starter and pitches Saturday, will work in a minor-league instrasquad game on Sunday in Port Charlotte. ... Maddon said even with Scott out he likely will leave Longoria in the cleanup spot at least vs. RHPs.

Here is today's lineup: …

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Hellickson roughed up by Tigers in final spring start

Watching three of his pitches disappear over the outfield wall at Joker Marchant Stadium on a sun-kissed afternoon is not the way Jeremy Hellickson planned on spending his last start of spring training.

On the day Hellickson was named the Rays No. 2 starter behind ace David Price, he didn't perform like one, giving up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings in a 8-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Hellickson, 25, allowed a home run each inning. Prince Fielder blasted a two-run bomb to right in the first; Alex Avila sliced a two-run home run to left field in the second and Omar Infante had a solo shot in the third.

"I'm pretty disappointed,'' Hellickson said. "That's not how I wanted to go into the season. I feel good. I'm healthy. That's the main thing. But I'm disappointed with today.''

The Rays did not get a hit until the fifth inning when Kelly Johnson doubled to right. Sam Fuld hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

It was the second time in a week Hellickson pitched against the Tigers in Lakeland. He pitched six innings and allowed only three runs on eight hits in a 11-5 win over Detroit on March 19. …

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Setback for Scott; MRI next, opening day in doubt

UPDATE, 4:45: Manager Joe Maddon said he still needed to speak with executive VP Andrew Friedman, but acknowledged, "We're probably going to have to make some kind of decision or move.''

As for the situation, he said: "(Scott) was doing really well. Like I've talked about often, we build this whole thing in the off-season to look a certain way, so you rely on different guys to be in different spots and then right out of the chute you have to do something differntly. But I think we're covered. Like I talked about the spare parts. I don't know how that's going to work yet. I've got to learn some more information. But I've got a lot of faith in our guys and I feel really good about them. But he was looking very, very good up until this point.

As for replacements: "The bench that we've had coming into this season was pretty firm. Again, I just have to talk to Andrew and see what the possibilities are."

DEVELOPING: DH Luke Scott's status for opening day would appear to now be in significant doubt as he left a minor-league game after one at-bat and was headed for an MRI on his tight right calf. …

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Cooper "jacked" for first game; Sustr could make debut

New Lightning coach Jon Cooper sure looked relaxed Friday morning for a guy who will make his NHL coaching debut tonight against the Devils.

He had his team go through an up-tempo and fun morning skate, making players laugh by cracking a few jokes during a stretching period.

But Cooper said, on the inside, he was quite the opposite, a "wave of emotions."

"I'm jacked," Cooper said. "This is really, really exciting. When I took the job in the American League, I think it dictated a path, it's like, 'Okay, I'm going for it, I'm going pro. But at that time, I never thought I was ever going to be a head coach in the NHL... There's been a few sleepless nights, that's for sure. I wouldn't say that you're really nervous, I'm sure five minutes before the game I'm going to be. The most nervous I was was addressing the team for hte first time. But now you feel like we're all together. It's a wave of emotions, but unbelievable. I wish everybody could be feeling what I'm feeling right now, because it's pretty cool." …

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Video: Niemann on going to bullpen

Rays RHP Jeff Niemann on being moved to the bullpen, as Roberto Hernandez got the last spot in the rotation.



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Video: Rays Maddon on picking Hernandez

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the decision to put Roberto Hernandez in the rotation and Jeff Niemann in the bullpen.



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