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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: More cuts, and the return of the booth crew

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The Rays thump the Orioles, and Randy’s brother joins the Rowdies

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays thumped the Orioles 7-1 yesterday in a televised matchup. Brian Anderson made his first appearance of the Spring.

While the broadcast had some technical difficulties...

...the Rays offense did not, scoring all seven of their runs during a wild second inning...

...and a post-stomach bug Yarbs was dominant.

Today’s game will be on the MLB Network.

There’s still some time to get your vote in here:

In other news, the Rays sent down some popular names.

There is news on ticket sales.

On the injury front, the Rays will be without Brett Phillips to start the season.

In things you love to see, Brett Honeywell faced hitters for the first time this spring.

Randy’s brother Raiko joined the Rowdies as a goalkeeper.

Austin Meadows and Chad Mottola chatted with Neil.

Rich Hill sighting in this piece by Dan Szymborski.

Brendan McKay sighting in this piece by David Laurila.

Batting Stance Guy takes Chapman deep and bat flips.

Lebron James is now part owner of the Red Sox, which is weird because I thought he was a Yankee fan.

Jomboy breaks down what happens when it’s still Spring Training but the umpires have somewhere else to be.

Mike Lupica with Tom Hanks on being a baseball fan during COVID.

Another dumb Spring Training injury.

Brendan Gawlowski and Kevin Goldstein at Fangraphs discuss the minor league rule changes.

And last but not least, a floofy pup. Wait for the end.