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By Scott Caruso - Rays of Light
Location: Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, FL
Pitchers and Catchers Report: Feb. 15th
First Game: Feb. 25th vs Cincinnati
Schedule

Projected Opening Day Lineup

1. Akinori Iwamura (2B)
2. B.J. Upton (CF)
3. Carlos Pena (1B)
4. Evan Longoria (3B)
5. Carl Crawford (LF)
6. Pat Burrell (DH)
7. Gabe GrossGabe Kapler (RF)
8. Dioner Navarro (C)
9. Jason Bartlett (SS)

Projected Rotation

1. James Shields
2. Scott Kazmir
3. Matt Garza
4. Andy Sonnanstine
5. Jeff Niemann

Projected Bullpen

Middle: Brian Shouse, Jason Hammel, Joe Nelson
Set-Up: Grant Balfour, J.P. Howell, Dan Wheeler
Closer: Troy Percival

Click here for a breakdown of the key Spring Training battles.
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If you're planning a trip to your favorite team's Spring Training, and you snap a good picture, send it to us and we'll post it in the slideshow to the right. Click here to submit your photos, video, or stories from Spring Training '09.

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Rays To Keep Isringhausen
Right-handed pitcher Jason Isringhausen will be added to Tampa Bay's 40-man roster and will likely begin the regular season on the disabled list.  Isringhausen is coming back from offseason shoulder surgery.

Tampa Tribune


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Rays Option Price To Minors
Tampa Bay left-handed pitcher David Price will begin the regular season at Triple-A Durham.  The Rays said they want Price to continue his development as a starter.  Price's stay in the minors could also delay his eligibility for salary arbitration.

Reuters

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Upton Doubtful For Opener
Rays center fielder B.J. Upton will likely miss the start of the regular season after getting hit on the hand in a Minor League game on Saturday.  "I want him to be healthy and well and ready, and I want him to have the kind of year that he's capable of because he is healthy," manager Joe Madden said.

St. Petersburg Times

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Tampa's Upton Suffers Bone Bruise
Rays center fielder B.J. Upton was plunked on the left hand during a Minor League game on Saturday.  X-rays revealed a bone bruise and Upton's status is listed as day-to-day.

Orlando Sentinel
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Burrell Thanks Philly Fans
Tampa Bay outfielder Pat Burrell, who spent his first nine seasons in the Majors with the Philadelphia Phillies, took out ads in both The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News to thank the fans for his time there.  Burrell signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Rays in January.

MLB.com

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