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Sunday morning report: Rays vs. Red Sox



UPDATE, 11:55: Maddon said Juan Carlos Oviedo threw well on Saturday, but head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield wants to go slow in working him into a game, so it may be the end of the week before he pitches. Being that far behind doesn't rule out being on opening day roster, but Maddon acknowledges it's "probably a longshot.''

Maddon said they are getting closer to naming the fifth starter but he wasn't sure if they would wait to see them pitch again - Odorizzi, Bedard and Ramos all threw on Saturday.

Having Forsythe in LF, like using him at SS on Saturday, is part of their way to explore ways to get him more at-bats vs. lefty pitchers.

UPDATE, 10:10: Rays OF Wil Myers said his sore right leg felt better than he expected it would when he woke up today, and he hopes to return to action Tuesday. Myers fouled a ball off the top side of his right knee during Saturday's game in Bradenton.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are hosting the Red Sox today on what will be a busy day at the Charlotte Sports Park.

The game is sold-out (for the first time this spring); David Price is on the mound; players, staff and manager Joe Maddon are getting their heads shaved to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation; instant replay will be used and the game is on Sun Sports.

Here is the Rays lineup:
DeJesus cf,
Zobrist 2b,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Escobar SS,
Joyce rf,
Betemit DH,
Forsythe LF,
Hanigan c,
Price p

And the Red Sox lineup, devoid of most of their big names:
Bradley Jr. CF,
Ross C,
Carp LF,
Napoli 1B,
Middlebrooks 3B,
Brown RF,
Lavarnway DH,
Holt 2B,
Herrera SS,
Webster P

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