Saturday, March 28, 2009

Reds at Rays

Rays and Rays in the first of a weekend home-and-home.

Today we're at Charlotte Sports Park.

Jason Hammel will attempt to state his case for the fifth spot in the rotation.

The Rays infield will play together for the first time this spring now that Akinori Iwamura is back from the WBC.

An interesting note from this morning: Pat Burrell took grounders at first base and could be used there during the season.

The Rays lineup could the same one they'll use in Boston on Opening Day since the Red Sox announced they will start righty Josh Beckett. So the switch-hitting Ben Zobrist, who is in center field today, could be in center field on April 6.

Here are the lineups
Willy Taveras CF
Jeff Keppinger SS
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Chris Dickerson LF
Ramon Hernandez C
Paul Janish 3B
Edinson Volquez P

(Note: the batting order may not be the same on Opening Day)
Akinori Iwamura 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Dioner Navarro C
Ben Zobrist CF
Gabe Gross RF
Jason Bartlett SS
Jason Hammel P

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