Friday, February 29, 2008

Rays-Reds: Let's set the lineups

Welcome to Ed Smith Stadium, not quite the jewel of the Grapefruit League, but it is where the Tampa Bay Rays will play the lidlifter of their exhibition season. This is Doug Kaid, staff writer for the Bradenton Herald, and I'll be your blogger for today's game.

Here’s the lineups for the Rays, and remember, the Reds agreed to use a designated hitter today.

2B Akinori Iwamura
LF Carl Crawford
1B Carlos Pena
CF B.J. Upton
DH Willy Aybar
RF Jonny Gomes
3B Evan Longoria
SS Jason Bartlett
C Shawn Riggans
P Edwin Jackson

For the homestanding Reds …
CF Norris Hopper
3B Jeff Keppinger
RF Ken Griffey, Jr.
LF Adam Dunn
1B Joey Votto
2B Adam Green
C Paul Bako
SS Paul Janish
DH Javier Valentin
P Homer Bailey

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

The Rays, who took batting practice at Al Lang Field this morning, will arrive shortly.
The Reds just finish their BP.

It’s a little cool and a little breezy, but the sun is shinning and Stevie Wonder is playing over the stadium speakers.

Looks like it will be a great day for baseball.

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