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Monday morning report: Rays at Red Sox

With Cesar Ramos working in a minor-league intrasquad game today in Port Charlotte, two other candidates for the No. 5 spot in the rotation -- Jake Odorizzi, pictured, Erik Bedard will get more innings against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

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With Cesar Ramos working in a minor-league intrasquad game today in Port Charlotte, two other candidates for the No. 5 spot in the rotation -- Jake Odorizzi, pictured, Erik Bedard will get more innings against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

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UPDATE, 11:58: Maddon said neither Zobrist nor Peralta is a concern as both should be back soon. He confirmed that DeJesus is set to play Tuesday, and said the plan is use Betemit at DH today and at either first or third tomorrow.

Bench coach Dave Martinez and other team officials, including video coordinator Chris "Chico" Fernandez, are attending a meeting today with MLB officials to go over technical aspects of the new replay system, which will be in effect today.

Maddon also said Ramos is throwing in the minor-league game today since the Rays have seen him the most and there were not enough innings for him, Odorizzi and Bedard today,

UPDATE, 8:43: Rays 2B Ben Zobrist said he likely will be out another few days. His neck is still stiff, he saw the doctor, it's nothing serious but enough of an issue for him not to play. Said it's not considered related to earlier back issue.

RHP Joel Peralta said his stiff neck felt good playing catch on Sunday, but he doesn't know yet when he will pitch, saying it could be Tuesday or it could be another couple days.

LF David DeJesus said he is set to get back in the lineup Tuesday, having been out since last Tuesday with right side soreness.

Also, LHP Cesar Ramos won't go to Fort Myers as scheduled, and instead will work in a minor-league intrasquad game at Port Charlotte. That gives more innings vs. the Red Sox for the other two candidates for the No. 5 job - Jake Odorizzi and Erik Bedard. Heath Bell will also throw in the minor-league game.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are on the road again today, heading south to Fort Myers to face the Red Sox.

Marc Topkin will have all of the action on twitter at TBTimes_Rays.

Three of the candidates for the Rays No. 5 starter job are scheduled to pitch today, RH Jake Odorizzi making his first start, with Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos set to work in relief.

Several of the Rays top players are scheduled to make the trip.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Forsythe 1b,
Escobar ss,
Longoria 3b,
Myers rf,
S-Rod cf,
Nix 2b,
Betemit dh,
Hanigan c,
Guyer lf,
Odorizzi p

And here is the Red Sox lineup, potentially their opening day arrangement:
Sizemore CF,
Pedroia 2B,
Ortiz DH,
Napoli 1B,
Nava LF,
Victorino RF,
Bogaerts SS,
Pierzynski C,
Middlebrooks 3B
Lester LHP

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