The Tampa Bay Rays took a 7-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday afternoon. Not much to note in the game, but here are some highlights
- Competing for the Opening Day roster, catcher Jesus Sucre hit the Rays first HR of the spring, going 2-2 on the day
- Danny Farquhar and Cory Rasmus struggled allowing a total of six runs while recoding just four outs
- Radar guns weren’t working during the first few innings, but David Carpenter’s uptick in velocity passed the eye test
Today, the Rays will host the Boston Red Sox at Port Charlotte at 1pm with NESN/MLB Network airing the game
Chris Archer will be making his spring debut as he prepares to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. Other pitchers slated to go for the Rays are Chase Whitley, Chih-Wei Hu, Ryan Yarbrough, Jeff Ames, and Andrew Kittredge. We’ll also get our first look at Kevin Gadea is also scheduled to throw for the Rays.
The Rays are rolling out an almost all prospect lineup as the outfield will consist of Joe McCarthy, Johnny Field, and Justin Williams from left to right. In the infield, Tim Beckham gets the start at third with Daniel Robertson playing short stop, Brad Millers continues to workout at second base, while Rickie Weeks mans first base. Jesus Sucre will be the catcher and Kevin Kiermaier is the DH.