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Spring Training Game Notes: Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates

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Drew Smyly looks to build on his stellar first start of the spring, today against the PiRAYtes

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Rays vs Pirates

Today, the Rays will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 in Port Charlotte with Drew Smyly getting the start for Tampa Bay, meanwhile Francisco Liriano will start for Pittsburgh. Thus far this spring, the Rays are 3-5, while the Pirates are 2-6.

Unfortunately, today's game will not be televised, however you can tune into an audio broadcast via MLB.com or MLB At-Bat

Today's line-ups

Pitchers, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times

Rays — Drew Smyly, Danny Farquhar, Andrew Bellatti, Brad Boxberger, Kyle McPherson, Adam Wilk

Pirates — Francisco Liriano, Jameson Taillon, Neftali Feliz, Jorge Rondon, Curtis Partch, Rob Scahill.

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This Date in Team History

In 2003, the Rays made a wave of cuts as they reassigned or released 24 players and among them were top prospects, Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton with a couple of other notable players, such as the late Geremi Gonzalez and current organization hitting coach, Chad Mottola

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Jason Tyner

W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG HR GS/G IP fWAR
5 15 5.76 4.90 17.0% 11.7% .294 19 31/32 183.1 1.2

Hint; this player was involved in trades with a trio of all-stars

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There are 24 days until Opening Day!

Before Wade Davis became the greatest reliever in the history of ever, he was a starter for the Rays.

While he was a starter for the Rays, he was surprisingly hittable and gave up 24 home runs during 2010.

Zero of those occurred during this dismantling of the Royals...a team that would play in absolutely zero part of his future.

Go Rays!