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Citrus Series Preview, Part 3: Zombies in Miami

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Your final notes to get ready for some weekend baseball.

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Today the Rays travel a few hours south to play in the earliest inter-league game in franchise history as they take on the Miami Marlins at 7:05. Joining the Rays as they head to South Beach is the first player from the Rays infamous 2011 draft that was supposed to be one of the most important days in team history, Mikie Mahtook.

Given that this is a National League game with many pinch hitting opportunities to come, will he get his first MLB at bat tonight?

Here's their starting lineup:

The Durham Bulls played their first game of the regular season yesterday  and Mahtook went 0-4 with a strikeout in it. He was called up as they placed John Jaso, their MLB leading, 9th player on the disabled list.

Here's all the players on the DL for the Rays

- Alex Colome

- Matt Moore

- Nick Franklin

- Burch Smith

- Drew Smyly

- Alex Cobb

- John Jaso

- James Loney

- Jake McGee

They Rays also made a surprising announcement about today's starter as it was highly expected that either Erasmo Ramirez or Matt Andriese would receive the start, but then it was revealed that Steve Geltz would go to the mound for the Rays.

Geltz has pitched in 256 professional games, never starting one, and also has only gone more than three innings, once. The Rays likely strategy is to use Geltza for the first two innings, then pinch hit for him the third (or when he first comes to bat). Then they'll probably use both Andriese and Geltz later in the game.

Drew Smyly made his first rehab performance last night, throwing two perfect innings, recording a strikeout.

In other minor league news, the Rays have released Luke Bailey, and James Harris has signed with the Athletics

The Marlins are coming into the series winless, after being swept by the Braves and being outscored 16-3 during the three games. Hopefully the Rays can continue their strong pitching and keep the dangerous Marlins' bats at bay.

it's Zombie night for those who are attending tonight's game

Also, Jose Canseco is not pleased with someone

Go Rays!