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Weather bars Barmes from hot corner on birthday

Weather bars Barmes from hot corner on birthday

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Because the Florida skies opened up, Clint Barmes was unable to open his birthday "gift."

Barmes turned 35 on Thursday and, coincidentally or not, was given what would have been his first start at third base since Aug. 7, 2008.

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The erstwhile shortstop was in the starting lineup at the hot corner for the game against Toronto that was washed away by torrential rains.

Whoever made out the Bucs' lineup sheet -- it's usually bench coach Jeff Banister's duty -- reflexively listed Barmes' position as "6," then had to trace a "5" over it.

"I feel like I just turned 25," said Barmes, grinning and running a hand over the bald head that once was covered with hair.

Barmes shares birthdays with Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, the late Pirates great who was born on the date in 1940.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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