Rays manager Kevin Cash on Friday morning announced his Opening Day lineup for Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field (4:05 p.m. ET).
Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer enjoyed a late Spring Training surprise on Friday, when he had a chance to feel the unique pride created by the opportunity to be on the same field as his son, Cameron, a Rays Minor Leaguer.
Nick Castellanos clubbed a tiebreaking solo home run after Anthony Gose hit an earlier three-run shot, helping the Tigers close out their home Spring Training schedule with a 9-4 win over the Rays on Friday afternoon.
Old friends treated Jake Odorizzi rudely in his final outing of the spring as the Pirates beat the Rays 13-8 on Thursday at Charlotte Sports Park.
Drew Smyly was strong over four innings and Brad Miller led the offense as the Rays topped the Red Sox, 4-3, in Grapefruit League play on Wednesday.
Pencil in the 2016 Rays for the postseason. After surviving an injury-riddled 2015 campaign, the “Little Team that Could” appears ready to reach the postseason for the first time since ’13.
First baseman James Loney and catcher Rene Rivera will not be on the Rays this season.
Any time a player misses action, red flags go up regarding their health. Evan Longoria wasn’t in the Rays’ lineup for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, so the question had to be asked of Rays manager Kevin Cash: Is something wrong with the veteran slugger?
Taylor Motter is a character, and he’s opened eyes with more than just his voice this spring. The utility man appears to have a future with the Rays, and he could play a pivotal role with the team this season.
The Rays will begin the season with a four-man rotation, sending right-hander Erasmo Ramirez to the bullpen for the first month. Chris Archer will start the opener against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field, and he will be followed in order by Drew Smyly, Jake Odorizzi, and Matt Moore.
The Rays’ 2016 season opener on Sunday at Tropicana Field against the Blue Jays is sold out, marking the 11th consecutive season the club has sold out its home opener.
Logan Forsythe will begin the season as the Rays’ leadoff man. That affirmation came from Kevin Cash prior to the Rays’ 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday, when the Rays manager discussed the batting order and told reporters: “Logan will hit leadoff, yeah.”