UPDATE, 10:19: Here is the Tigers lineup, with ex-Rays Mikie Mahtook:
UPDATE, 10:12: Opening day starter Blake Snell will work in a minor-league game on Saturday in Port Charlotte, then is slated to face the Pirates on March 22 in prep for his March 28 assignment vs. the Astros. ... Joey Wendle is starting at 3B today. Cash said there’s definitely scenarios vs right-handed pitchers where they could have Wendle at 3B, B. Lowe at 2B and Choi at 1B, maybe even in first series vs. the Astros, who likely are using four righties. ... Matt Duffy said his left hamstring continues to feel good and he plans to test it running at 80 percent Saturday on the arcs (behind the infield dirt), and also will hit today in the live BPs being thrown by Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon. He and Cash remain optimistic he can be ready for opening day.
DEVELOPING: The Rays will have a long Friday, with day-night split-squad games, hosting the Tigers at 1:05 in Port Charlotte and visiting the Pirates at 6:05 in Bradenton.
Ryne Stanek, the primary opener last season, will be on the mound for the home game, with Joey Wendle getting a start at third base.
Here is the lineup that was posted in the clubhouse Thursday, subject to change:
Wilmer Font, who seems likely to have a job in the bullpen, is slated to start the night game, and will have a handful of regulars behind him.
Here is the lineup for the night game that was posted in the clubhouse Thursday, also subject to change.
B Lowe 1b