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• Right-hander Chris Archer didn't throw live batting practice Tuesday, as scheduled, and wants to get set up on a more normal every-fifth-day pitching schedule as Grapefruit League games draw near. Maddon said Archer is completely healthy, and he didn't have any problem with Archer taking charge of his own schedule.

• The most competitive battle of the spring might be for the final spot in the Rays' bullpen, with a list of candidates that includes right-handers Brandon Gomes, Brad Boxberger, Josh Lueke and Mark Lowe as well as whoever doesn't get the fifth spot in the rotation, likely either Erik Bedard or Jake Odorizzi.

Maddon said that decision will mostly be based on each pitcher's history and ability, with Spring Training performance nothing more than a potential tiebreaker if the race is too close to call. Maddon noted that it's a good situation for the Rays in terms of organizational depth, even if it's tough on the pitchers who might get sent to Triple-A.

"Because of the guys that don't make it, once again, Durham's going to have a good bullpen. There's going to be a lot to draw on from that side," Maddon said. "There could be some tough conversations toward the end. Hopefully everybody stays healthy and well and we have to make our decisions based on healthy people. I say it every year, though, man, you don't win this with the 25 guys who leave. ... You really want to stay away from that emotional Spring Training decision, because you'll get burned most of the time."

Matt Moore, Peralta, Lowe, Colome, Romero and Boxberger were among the pitchers who tossed live batting practice during Tuesday's workout. Maddon also said he was impressed by Lara's throwing session, particularly his strong arm and good breaking ball.

The Rays' pitchers, meanwhile, are antsy to start facing hitters in another uniform.

"[Monday] I faced [Evan] Longoria, [James] Loney and [Desmond] Jennings. I didn't want to go in on any of them," Peralta said. "I didn't want to hit one of those guys and lose them for a couple days. So it's more comfortable to face opposing hitters for other teams."

• Infielder Wilson Betemit and right-handers Juan Carlos Oviedo and Juan Sandoval still have not reported to camp, as all three are dealing with visa issues.

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