Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Regulars tomorrow, not Saturday
Posted Mar 1, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Mar 1, 2007 at 04:33 PM
We don’t have a batting order yet, but Joe Maddon said the Rays will go with what amounts to their regular starting lineup in tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener. In whatever order they end up, it will be:
C Dioner Navarro, 1B Ty Wigginton, 2B Jorge Cantu, SS Ben Zobrist, 3B Akinori Iwamura, LF Carl Crawford, CF Rocco Baldelli, RF Delmon Young, DH Greg Norton
It sounds like the only one of that group who might get some time Saturday in Dunedin would be Norton. The rest definitely won’t make the trip to play the Blue Jays. In that game, you can expect to see B.J. Upton—probably at 2B—Jonny Gomes, Josh Paul, Carlos Pena, etc.
Expect the starters to stay in long enough to get two plate appearances.