Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jays at Rays

The big guns are stacked in the middle of the Rays order today for the first time this spring.

Evan Longoria is batting third. Carlos Pena is batting fourth and Pat Burrell is batting fifth.

"We're going to take it for a drive around the block and see how it rides," Pena said.

Maddon said we'll see more of that grouping during the rest of the spring and probably at the start of the regular season.

Matrt Garza, Andy Sonnanstine and David Price are schduled to make their spring debuts today.

The Rays made some cuts before the game. The most noteable is pitcher James Houser, the Sarasota native who was a second-round pick in 2003.

Here are the lineups:

Blue Jays
Joe Inglett 2B
Russ Adams LF
Travis Snider RF
Scott Rolen 3B
Brian Dopirak 1B
Buck Coats CF
Kevin Melillo DH
Curtis Thigpen C
Angel Sanchez SS
Matt Clement P

Fernando Perez CF
Reid Brignac SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Dioner Navarro C
Gabe Gross RF
Justin Ruggiano LF
Ray Olmedo 2B
Matt Garza P

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