The Tampa Bay Rays spring training schedule is nearly complete as they only have three games left until they take on the New York Yankees on Opening Day (Sunday).
Today, the Rays will head back to Port Charlotte to take on the Baltimore Orioles at 1pm with MLB.com providing an audio stream of the game.
Erasmo Ramirez goes to the mound for the Rays as they’ll have a bullpen day. Also slated to go will be Xavier Cedeno, Jaime Schultz, Tommy Hunter, Alex Colome, and Jumbo Diaz.
Newcomer Peter Bourjous is leading off and playing center field while he cornered by Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza.
Meanwhile in the infield from left to right, there will be Evan Longoria, Tim Beckham, Nick Franklin, and Rickie Weeks with Derek Norris as the Designated Hitter and Jesus Sucre is behind the plate.
Prior to the game, the Rays announced they have optioned Luke Maile to Durham.
Marc Topkin has been pumping Erasmo Ramirez trade speculation all off-season and today, there should be a plethora of scouts in attendance to see what may be his final appearance of the spring.
Nick Franklin (sick) and Tim Beckham (hip) are back in the lineup after their respective ailments.
#Rays lineup with Beckham back Bourjos in CF pic.twitter.com/VovaTgfyJZ— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) March 29, 2017
#orioles lineup at #rays pic.twitter.com/lyepeO0xrq— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) March 29, 2017
Erasmo Ramirez has been scratched, no reason given as of yet. Xavier Cedeno takes his place.