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Updated: 02/25/2013 08:01:04AM

Rays’ early preparation follows parallel tracks

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Kinfay Moroti/news-press.com.... Tampa Bay Rays Chris Gimenez bats against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

By LAURA MYERS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Most of the 66 men invited to the Rays’ spring training will not play in a game that counts until April 1 or later, and manager Joe Maddon wants to get them ready for the season with what he calls a “slow dance” over the 36 spring games.

But he also needs to manage those players heading to the World Baseball Classic, who need to be ready much earlier.

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