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Pirates, Rays rained out in St. Pete

Pirates, Rays rained out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the second time this season, the Rays had a home Spring Training game canceled, as Saturday's contest was called because of rain. The game featured a matchup between Pittsburgh's Zach Duke and Tampa Bay's J.P. Howell.

The field was initially cleared at 1:45 p.m. ET and heavy rainfall caused the official cancellation from home-plate umpire Jerry Crawford at 2:15 p.m.

The game, which saw a 2-0 Pirates lead entering the third inning, will not be replayed.

As scheduled, the Pirates (8-15) will host the Yankees for the second and final time this spring at McKechnie Field at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. The contest will feature Pirates starter Paul Maholm against the Yankees' Jeff Karstens.

Maholm was scheduled to be relieved by Jaret Wright, Phil Dumatrait and Evan Meek, but after Saturday's rainout those plans may change. Pitching coach Jeff Andrews said that he will have all the reworked schedules set on Sunday.

The Rays (14-5-2) will travel to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., for the first of three meetings this week against Cincinnati. Recently named No. 2 starter Matt Garza will get the start vs. Reds righty Johnny Cueto. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. ET with Scott Munter also slated to throw for the Rays.

Due to Saturday's rainout, Gary Glover, Trever Miller, Troy Percvial, Al Reyes and Dan Wheeler could also see time on the mound for Tampa Bay. Manager Joe Maddon said that the official changes will be announced on Sunday morning.

The Pirates and the Rays will meet one final time this spring at Al Lang Field on Monday.

Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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