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Judgment Day

Posted Mar 5, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Mar 5, 2008 at 09:40 AM

In addition to all the usual on-field frivolity of pitchers’ fielding practice and whatnot, spring training is also the time for players to sit in one early-morning meeting after another over a two- or three-week span, listening to various entities tell them what to do and what not to do.

Today it’s MLB security’s turn. They’ll instruct the players to behave themselves and I’m sure everything will be fine. Friday, it’s the much-beloved union meeting led by Don Fehr. Next week, there’s the Baseball Assistance Team meeting and one other I can’t remember. They’re usually held at 8:30 or 9 in the morning, before the players head out on the field. And though we in the press have never witnessed any of them, it’s a safe bet the guys in there would just as soon be on the field.

Anyway, here’s the lineup for your Tampa Bay Rays:

Zobrist SS
Crawford LF
Upton CF
Floyd DH
Gomes RF
Aybar 3B
Navarro C
Richard 1B
Cannizaro 2B
Hammel P

Other pitchers on the docket after Hammel’s two or three innings: Wheeler, Glover, Dohmann, Talbot, Birkins, Munter, Houser.

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