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BRADENTON, Fla. — Want some injury updates? Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the lineup today due to what the team says is “discomfort in his right knee.” He is listed as day to day. I have not spoken yet with Sanchez about what caused the injury. He made a sprawling stop of a hard grounder in the first inning Friday, which might be the culprit…. Phil Irwin was scratched from his scheduled outing yesterday due to a sore right elbow.

“I’m still on a full throwing program, but I won’t throw bullpens for a few days,” Irwin told me this morning. … Travis Snider got the stitches out of his finger (as you may recall, he lost a knife fight against a sweet potato) and will be the designated hitter Sunday against the Phillies (who’ll have old friend A.J. Burnett on the mound). When will Snider be ready to play some right field? “One day at a time,” Snider said. “I’m getting there.” … Travis Ishikawa remains day to day with soreness in his right hamstring. … Technically, this is not an injury update, but closer Jason Grilli will throw a two-inning simulated game on Sunday.

Rays (0-1) @ Pirates (2-1), 1:05 p.m., McKecnhie Field
Online game audio: pirates.com Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees
Rays: 1. Sean Rodriguez 2B. 2. Matt Joyce RF, 3. Logan Forsythe 3B, 4. Wil Myers DH, 5. Ryan Hanigan C, 6. Vince Belnome 1B, 7. Jayson Nix SS, 8. Brandon Guyer LF, 9. Kevin Kiermaier CF. David Price LHP
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, 2. Russ Martin C, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Brent Morel 3B, 5. Matt Hague 1B, 6. Jordy Mercer DH, 7. Robert Andino SS, 8. Clint Barmes 2B, 9 Chris Dickerson RF. Wandy Rodriguez LHP
Today’s backups: Chris McGuiness, Gregory Polanco, Pedro Alvarez, Andrew Lambo, Jaff Decker, Travis Snider, Travis Ishikawa, Carlos Paulino, Chris Stewart, Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison, Jose Tabata, Tony Sanchez, Omir Santos, Nevin Ashley
Today’s other pitchers: Scheduled: Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Duke Welker, Josh Kinney, Casey Sadler and Zack Thornton.
— Rob Biertempfel

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