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Ramos, Bedard both in contention to start

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KANSAS CITY -- Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was not yet ready to announce who will be the team's starting pitcher on Sunday, which would have been Matt Moore's spot. Moore went on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, which created the vacancy that will be filled by one of two left-handers: Cesar Ramos or Erik Bedard.

"Part of [the decision] is overall the way Spring Training played out and the conversations we had with both guys," Maddon said. "We really try to adhere to what we tell our players. And I think it's really important, the integrity of our conversations, so we have to try to recreate everything that had been said, in all fairness to all the players.

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KANSAS CITY -- Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was not yet ready to announce who will be the team's starting pitcher on Sunday, which would have been Matt Moore's spot. Moore went on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, which created the vacancy that will be filled by one of two left-handers: Cesar Ramos or Erik Bedard.

"Part of [the decision] is overall the way Spring Training played out and the conversations we had with both guys," Maddon said. "We really try to adhere to what we tell our players. And I think it's really important, the integrity of our conversations, so we have to try to recreate everything that had been said, in all fairness to all the players.

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"Just still considering it, but by the time we get to Cincinnati, we'll know. ... It's primarily a philosophical discussion."

Ramos and Bedard both were in contention for the fifth-starter spot that Jake Odorizzi claimed. Ramos went to the bullpen and Bedard is now at Triple-A Durham.

Maddon allowed that neither is properly stretched to pitch deep into the game.

"There would have to be limitations on either one," Maddon said.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

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