by Steve Carney
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The Tampa Bay Rays will look for their third straight spring victory Thursday, when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Matt Moore set to take on Jeanmar Gomez.

Rays Starting Lineup

Zobrist 2B
DeJesus CF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Betemit DH
Myers RF
Hanigan C
Guyer LF

Pirates Starting Lineup

Marte LF
Martin C
McCutchen CF
G. Sanchez 1B
Walker 2B
Mercer SS
Tabata RF
Harrison 3B
T. Sanchez DH

MADDON NAMES OPENING DAY STARTER: Joe Maddon made the official decision Thursday, naming LHP David Price his opening day starter for when the Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays March 31 at Tropicana Field.  The Rays manager said he does not take his ace left-hander for granted this year.

"When you see him here now, I try and visualize him not being here now," Maddon said.  "It would be an entirely different feeling without him being here.  It's really good to have him back."

Price had been the discussion of a number of trade rumors before signing a one-year $14 million deal to remain in Tampa Bay for 2014.

Listen to Joe Maddon speaking about Price below!