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Brad Miller and Matt Duffy are the listed starters, but Duffy is still recovering from Achilles surgery. That could force Miller back to his natural position, shortstop, from second. A Duffy setback could also open up short to a slew of competitors: Tim Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft; Nick Franklin, who’s mainly an outfielder now but who began his career as a middle infielder; prospect Willy Adames, one of the key pieces in the trade that sent David Price to the Tigers (Franklin was in that trade, too); and minor leaguer Daniel Robertson, who was acquired in the deal that sent Ben Zobrist to the A’s in 2015. Plus, the Rays reportedly are interested in signing recently released Brett Lawrie as a second base option.