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Tampa Bay Rays spring training game eight lineups against the Detroit Tigers

A couple of Rays debuts including Mallex Smith and Shawn Tolleson

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The Tampa Bay Rays suffered the worst loss in their spring training history yesterday afternoon at the hands of the Boston Red Sox as Boston tallied 19 runs, while the Rays managed only two. The loss ended the Rays run of four straight games without a loss and put their record this spring to 4-2-1.

Some notables

  • Jose De Leon made his Rays debut, but only recorded two outs and allowed a total of four runs on two hits, while he walked two and struck out one.
  • Pretty much all of the Rays pitchers did poorly, although some of that can be blamed on poor defense
  • Nick Franklin, making on the second start of his professional career in center field struggled mightily
  • Andrew Velazquez homered, so that was something positive on the Rays offensive side of things


The Rays head back to Port Charlotte to take on the Detroit Tigers at 1pm. The game won’t be televised, but will carry audio featuring the Rays Radio team.

Ryan Yabrough will go to the hill for the Rays with Xavier Cedeno, Alex Colome, Jose Alvarado, Shawn Tolleson, David Carpenter, and Chih-Wei Hu expected to follow.

Corey Dickerson is leading off yet again, playing as the DH. Tim Beckham will get another start in left field, Mallex Smith will be making his Rays debut in center field, and Steve Souza rounds out the outfield.

In the infield from left to right will be Evan Longoria, Willy Adames, Brad Miller, and Rickie Weeks. Luke Maile will be behind the plate.

*Kevin Kiermaier has been out of action since dealing with neck issues a few days ago