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Sunday morning report: Rays at Red Sox



UPDATE, 11:51: With Odorizzi set at No. 5, Rays will now look at potential tweaks to order of rotation, such as splitting up Price and Cobb to help bullpen since they both go deeper in games than Archer, Moore and Odorizzi. Will be decided based on how matchups look for whole first month.

UPDATE, 11:39: The Rays will send SS prospect Hak-Ju Lee for an MRI on the surgically repaired left knee he tweaked Saturday, though Maddon says it is precautionary. ... Maddon said he heard nothing official on Bedard's status. ... Though Juan Carlos Oviedo is set to pitch today, Maddon said that doesn't change their feeling that he won't be ready to start the season. Would still seem like will place him on the DL.

UPDATE, 10:26: The Rays have clinched their fifth winning spring with a 14-5-3 record; in three of the past four seasons they went to the playoffs. ... The Rays lead the majors with a 3.03 ERA and have allowed the fewest runs (77) and hits (181) of any team.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are making the first of two consecutive trips to Fort Myers today, facing the Red Sox with Matt Moore on the mound.

OF Matt Joyce is back in the lineup for the first time since leaving Wednesday's game with a stiff neck.

RHP Jake Odorizzi was still excited this morning about his selection Saturday as the fifth starter.

LHP Cesar Ramos, who lost out to Odorizzi, said he was disappointed but still excited to be in the big league bullpen.

There was no sign of LHP Erik Bedard, who also lost out on the selection. Bedard's jersey and uniform were hanging in his locker but it was otherwise cleaned out. He has an out clause in his contract and is said to be evaluating his options to go elsewhere.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Forsythe 3b,
DeJesus DH ,
Myers rf,
Jennings cf,
S-Rod 1b,
Joyce LF,
Hanigan c,
Nix 2b,
Olmedo SS,
Moore p

And the Red Sox lineup:
Sizemore cf
Victorino rf
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Napoli 1b
Gomes lf
Bogaerts ss
Middlebrooks 3b
Ross c
Doubront p

[Last modified: Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:51am]


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