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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- After he wrote out what could have been a starting lineup for the regular season for Wednesday's first spring game, manager Bryan Price rested several players Thursday vs. the Indians. Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart were the only regulars who played.

Price plans on giving his everyday players advanced notice of the games where they will be off.

"I'm sure there is a method to the madness as far as trying to get them enough work without asking them to do too much early in camp," Price said. "You don't want to beat anybody up."

Younger players like Donald Lutz and Neftali Soto made starts vs. Cleveland. Price expected Lutz to play again Friday.

"We're going to have a handful of guys that are playing pretty regularly that are bench guys that will be getting more innings than our more experienced players in the front end of camp," Price said. "It's a great opportunity for these young guys to impress."

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