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3/27/09 GDT: Rays @ Twins; Akinori Iwamura Returns

Game Time: 1:05 PM

TV/Radio: FSN


  • Aki Iwamura 2B
  • Carl Crawford LF
  • Evan Longoria 3B
  • Pat Burrell RF
  • Matt Joyce DH
  • Gabe Kapler CF
  • Shawn Riggans C
  • Morgan Ensberg
  • Jason Bartlett SS

Pitchers: RH James Shields, LH J.P. Howell

Things to watch: Not much in the way of battles, but it will be good to see some regulars get some work in. James Shields figures to go most of the game today. He should be good for 80-100 pitches.

Aki Iwamura returns to the top of the Rays lineup and his second base position. Joe Maddon has used a lot of different leadoff hitters this spring, but with Iwamura returning, he has placed him back at the top at least for now. Today will mark the first time that Iwamura and Jason Bartlett have worked together in a game since last season.

Pat Burrell gets the start in right field, while Matt Joyce will DH and continue to get a chance to make the opening day roster.