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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Opening day roster almost complete

And the new Trop roof lights are real and they’re spectacular

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Heredia makes the 2019 opening day roster
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Rays News

Duffy shut down; Heredia makes Rays’ roster - Juan Toribio, Matt Duffy will start the season on the IL, while the last roster spots start to come into place.

More roster news from Juan:

Rays planning for blue-tinted roof at Trop - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: The new roof lighting looks *puts on sunglasses* lit!

More footage of the Rays testing out the new dome lights from The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino:

Rule 5 pick Sam McWilliams returned to Rays - Eduardo A. Encina, Tampa Bay Times: The Rays regain a lost Rule 5 pick!

Rays to use opener on path to 27 outs - Juan Toribio, Good rundown of the Rays commitment to the strategy.

Rays 2019: Our preview section, all in one place - Tampa Bay Times: All of the excellent coverage from the Times, mostly themed around The Opener strategy, to get you psyched for opening day.

Sounds of Spring

Around the League

Mike Trout didn’t want to risk having a Free Agency like Manny Machado or Bryce Harper

X-rays negative after Jose Ramirez (knee) exits - Mandy Bell, Scary moment for the Cleveland Indians yesterday, but some huge sighs of relief.

The Most Fun 2019 Fantasy Baseball Team Fake Money Can Buy - Zach Kram, The Ringer: Glasnow makes the cut for the “fun team”.

Will pitchers bring the most heat ever in 2019? Not so fast - Sam Miller, ESPN: Sam Miller is making heat predictions (which is better that hot takes).

Here are the 1st Power Rankings of 2019 - Alyson Footer, Rays start the season on MLB’s power rankings at 11th.