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3/11/11 GDT: Pirates @ Rays

Who: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Tampa Bay Rays

When & Where: 1:05 PMCharlotte Sports Park, Charlotte County, Fla.


Pitching for the Rays: Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Adam Russell, Alex Cobb

Pitching for the Pirates: James McDonald, Brian Burres, Daniel Moskos, Justin Thomas, Chris Leroux

Rays Lineup: Courtesy of Marc Topkin:

Ramirez dh
Rodriguez 2b
Kotchman 1b
Shoppach c
Lopez 3b
Johnson ss
Jennings cf
Fuld lf
Vogt rf    

Yes, that is Manny Ramirez batting leadoff; Maddon apparently wants to get him his plate appearances early in the game. Also, Jeremy Hellickson will pitch in his first spring training game today, likely only throwing for one inning as the Rays ease him back from his hamstring injury.

Final chance to win Jonah Keri Points ("Joints")!

  • How many strikeouts will Hellickson get?
  • Which reliever will allow a run or more? It seems like that's becoming a daily habit.*
  • Considering I learned so much about Daniel Mayora last time we did this, who's "Vogt RF"?

*Tongue-in-cheek alert.