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Lobaton, Gimenez vying for backup catcher's job


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jose Molina will again be the Rays' starting catcher, but who will be the backup? Right now, Jose Lobaton and Chris Gimenez appear to be the most likely candidates.

"Lobaton did a great job [last year]," manager Joe Maddon said. "They're all going to get their opportunities to play here. I thought [Chris] Gimenez also did very well at the end of last season. He's got this really good way about him. He's a hard player, the pitchers really dig him, he's very professional about how he goes about his business whereas Lobaton's got some really high-ceiling tools yet that we think he can bring."

Other candidates for the job include Robinson Chirinos and Stephen Vogt.

"You're going to see all these guys play it out," Maddon said. "We'll try to make our best determination by the end. Lobaton has a lot of ability in there that I think you're going to see show up. Gimenez, character-wise, make-up wise, really a great guy within the clubhouse, and the pitchers love him."

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