Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays powered by two long balls courtesy of potential leadoff man Corey Dickerson and Opening Day roster hopeful Shane Peterson, defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-2 to improve their record on the spring to 3-1.
Notables from yesterday’s game
- Blake Snell made his spring debut, tossing two innings, yielding a run on four hits, striking out and walking none. BABIP was not on his side.
- Ryne Stanek pitched to one batter and painted the corners with 96-97mph fastballs picking up a quick strikeout
- Corey Dickerson’s blast was an opposite-field shot, he was 1-2 on the day with a walk
- Casey Gillaspie made solid contact during his three trips to the plate
- Michael McKenry has some serious power
- A trio of Rays pitching prospects impressed; Diego Moreno, Jose Alvarado, and Hunter Wood all looked great during their respective performances
The Rays will take on the Minnesota Twins in Port Charlotte at 1pm and they have most of their regulars in the starting lineups, including Evan Longoria who will be making his spring debut.
The game unfortunately, will not be televised, but the MLB.com will carry a radio feed
Going to the hill for the Rays will be Alex Cobb, also slated to throw for the team are Brad Boxberger, Alex Colome, David Carptenter, Dana Eveland, Dany Farquhar, and Cory Rasmus.
The Rays will continue the Corey Dickerson leadoff experiment, he’ll be in left field while Kevin Kiermaier returns to center, and Nick Franklin rounds out the outfield. Longoria making his debut, will be a third base, Brad Miller will get some time at short, while Tim Beckham and Jake Bauers play on the right side. Curt Casali is behind the plate and Rickie Weeks is at DH.