The Rays came away victorious in both of their split-squad games yesterday afternoon to improve their record this spring to 9-9-1.
- Blake Snell was supposed to go five innings, but only lasted two outs into the third thanks to five walks. Snell also allowed a run on one hit, and struck out a batter to go along with those five walks.
- The rest of the pitching staff in Sarasota didn’t have very great days either as Jake Faria, Ryan Yarbrough, Chih-Wei Hu, and Hunter Wood combined to allow five runs on 11 hits, while they walked none and stuck out five over six innings.
- Corey Dickerson was 4-4 and Steven Souza had three hits (including a double). Curt Casali and Braxton Lee had multi-hit days as well.
- Dayron Varona and Rickie Weeks homered in Port Charlotte. Weeks also doubled, as did Tim Beckham.
- Jake Bauers walked three times in three trips to the plate
- Jake Odorizzi allowed three runs on five hits (one HR), while he walked two and stuck out four, leaving with two outs in the fourth.
- Shawn Tolleson was solid in his second outing of the spring (he has been dealing with a sore back).
The Rays will trim their roster prior to the game as they go through their first wave of cuts with minor league spring training games starting up. They’ll take on the Boston Red Sox in Port Charlotte at 1pm. The game won’t be televised, but can be heard through MLB.com.
Matt Andriese goes to the hill for the Rays with Tommy Hunter, David Carpenter, Xavier Cedeno, Danny Farquhar, and Ryan Garton expected to follow.
Corey Dickerson is back at leadoff for the Rays, playing in left field. Mallex Smith is in center, with Steven Souza in right field. After being sidelined with neck issues again, Kevin Kiermaier is back as the DH.
Evan Longoria has third base, and Tim Beckham is at short, with Brad Miller and Casey Gillaspie completing the right side of the infield. Luke Maile is behind the plate.
#Rays lineup today vs Red Sox pic.twitter.com/JXNztkxx9i— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) March 15, 2017
#RedSox at TB: Pedroia 2B, Benintendi LF, Bradley Jr. CF, Betts RF, Sandoval 3B, Travis 1B, Craig DH, Swihart C, Marrero SS, + Kendrick RHP— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 15, 2017