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Rays v O’s: Rodriguez returns to CF

Posted Mar 2, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Mar 2, 2013 at 09:55 AM

ROGER MOONEY
PORT CHARLOTTE
Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina play their final games today before heading off for their respective teams for the World Baseball Classic.

Zobrist will represent USA while Molina will play for Puerto Rico.

Also heading to the WBC are closer Fernando Rodney (Dominican), left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos (Mexico) and lefty Alex Torres (Venezuela).

Zobrist will start today against the visiting Orioles in his familiar right field. He will be the only familiar face in the outfield. Kelly Johnson makes his third start of the week in left field, a position he played as a rookie in 2005 with the Braves and one he will be this season, and Sean Rodriguez returns to center field, a position he hasn’t played since 2010.

Today is the first of only three meetings between the Rays and O’s this spring. The two teams open the regular season April 2 at Tropicana Field.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Zobrist RF
Johnson LF
Escobar SS
Roberts 2B
Molina C
Duncan DH
Loney 1B
Rodriguez CF

Cobb P

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