The Tampa Bay Rays will be playing their second game of the spring tonight, as they head to Fort Myers to take on the Minnesota Twins, with a 6:05 start time.
This will be Rocco Baldelli’s first game as a manager (although the Twins are actually already playing today, taking on the Orioles).
The Rays will be sending a strong core of players to Fort Myers, with Austin Meadows leading off as the designated hitter. Joey Wendle hits behind him as is at second base. Brandon Lowe, who will be battling for the first base job, is hitting third. Jake Smolinski is in the lineup once again, in left field.
Guillermo Heredia makes his Rays debut in center field. Christian Arroyo, who is looking for a healthy 2019 season, is at third base. Jesus Sanchez, one of the Rays top prospects who was also added to the Rays 40-man roster this past November, gets a start in right field. Andrew Velazquez and Nick Ciuffo round out the Rays lineup.
- Austin Meadows, DH
- Joey Wendle, 2B
- Brandon Lowe, 1B
- Jake Smolinksi, LF
- Guillermo Heredia, CF
- Christian Arroyo, 3B
- Jesus Sanchez, RF
- Andrew Velazquez, SS
- Nick Ciuffo, C
Ryan Yarbrough will make his first appearance of the spring, in rare form as the starting pitcher. ake Faria, Emilio Pagan, Diego Castillo, Jalen Beeks and Adam Kolarek are also slated to pitch tonight for the Rays.
You can tune into the Rays Radio Network at 5:30 and hear their ‘Countdown to Opening Day’ show, which will include interviews with Charlie Morton and Matt Duffy. Coverage of the game will kick off immediately after.