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3/3/09 Game Day Thread: Astros @ Rays

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Game Time: 1:05

TV/Radio: MLB Gameday Audio

Lineup:

Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Gabe Kapler RF
Dioner Navarro C
Adam Kennedy 3B
Ray Sadler CF
Reid Brignac 2B
Jeff Niemann P

Other pitchers scheduled: LH Brian Shouse, RH Jason Childers, RH Dewon Day, RH Neal Frontz, RH Derek Rodriguez

To Watch: Jeff Niemann makes his second start of the spring. Realistically, the competition for the fifth starter is Niemann, Price and Hammel. Price has yet to throw and Hammel has been excellent.  Niemann has to be good today.

The Rays lineup basically features four middle infielders with Ben Zobrist playing 1B and Adam Kennedy playing 3B. Not quite the corner infielders you would expect, but Kennedy and Zobrist are competing for utility positions. Neither player has played the position in a Major League regular season game. Reid Brignac gets the start at second base.

Also interested in seeing how Derek Rodriguez fares in this one.

Joe Maddon says he does not expect Matt Joyce to be ready to play by Friday.