Worth noting

• After playing back-to-back games for the first time in Spring Training on Monday and Tuesday, Grady Sizemore played in a Minor League game on Thursday rather than taking the short trip to Hammond Stadium to face the Twins.

"Just want to get Jackie [Bradley Jr.] with our regular lineup and get him in the mix there," said Farrell. "With yesterday's off-day, tomorrow's long trip [to Dunedin, Fla., to face the Blue Jays], that's why Grady is getting his at-bats at the Triple-A level."

• Rather than have Felix Doubront or John Lackey face the AL East-rival Yankees on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., they will both pitch in Monday's home game against the Cardinals. Lackey is expected to start and be piggy-backed by Doubront.

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