Friday, March 25, 2011

Bucs Cull Herd, Face Rays

Pirates at Tampa Bay, 1:05 PM; Charlie Morton vs. Jeff Niemann.

Lineup: Pedro Ciriaco CF, Josh Rodriguez SS, John Bowker LF, Ryan Doumit C, Steve Pearce 3B, Matt Diaz R), Andy Marte 1B, Corey Wimberly 2B and Charlie Morton P.

Pitching: Charlie Morton, Joel Hanrahan and Jose Veras.

-- The Bucs sent RHP Daniel McCutchen to Indy and assigned RHPs Tyler Yates, Sean Gallagher, IF Josh Fields and C Wyatt Toregas to minor league camp. Everybody in a battle for a bench spot - Ciriaco, Rodriguez, Wimbley, Pearce, Bowker, Marte - is in the lineup today, and many out of their normal position.

-- Joe Beimel isn't on a recovery schedule to begin the season, nor is J-Mac, so we'll see where that leads.

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