Outfielder Corey Dickerson exited the Rays’ 2-1 win against the Yankees on Saturday in the fifth inning after being hit by a pitch from James Pazos. Dickerson did not require X-rays and was diagnosed with a left forearm bruise.
Starting pitchers Luis Severino (Yankees) and Matt Moore (Rays) showcased midseason form on Saturday, and center fielder Johnny Field broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the fifth to spark Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory over New York at Charlotte Sports Park.
Andrew McCutchen blasted his first home run of the spring and Gift Ngoepe singled home the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning as the Pirates beat the Rays, 4-3, on Friday at McKechnie Field.
Taylor Motter continues to swing a hot bat for the Rays this spring. The 26-year-old super utility man is trying to make his first Major League roster and an impossible-to-ignore impression on manager Kevin Cash. So far, so good.
Jake Odorizzi held the Pirates to one run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings of work on Friday in the Rays’ 4-3 loss to the Pirates at McKechnie Field, but he continued to experience the command issues he encountered in Monday’s start against the Twins.
The Rays announced Friday that they had signed right-handed reliever David Carpenter to a Minor League deal.
Drew Smyly and the Rays’ bullpen kept the Pirates’ bats quiet and Desmond Jennings homered in a 5-1 Rays win.
The Rays’ clubhouse converted into a karaoke bar early Thursday morning before the day’s tilt against the Pirates. And the winner — catcher Luke Maile for his rendition of “Daughter” by Pearl Jam.
Kevin Cash has been impressed by the “Fab Four” of this year’s camp: Taylor Guerrieri, Jacob Faria, Blake Snell and Jaime Schultz. All four pitchers rank among the top 19 Rays prospects according to MLB Pipeline.
Chris Archer struggled slightly in his second start of the spring, and Ryan Goins singled in two runs as the Blue Jays held on for a 5-1 win over the Rays.
“I think the thing I like about Snapchat is that it’s a younger following,” said Rays ace Chris Archer, who will be part of MLB’s Snapchat Day on Friday.