Joe Maddon has often said that not every game is an oil painting, and that certainly was the case on Saturday afternoon in Port Charlotte, a 10-5 loss to the Pirates. Matt Moore didn’t get out of the first inning, and neither did two relievers who are to be on the Rays opening day roster in Grant Balfour and Joel Peralta.
Good morning from Port Charlotte, where the Rays are back home to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ben Zobrist, James Loney, Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar are among the regulars in the lineup with Matt Moore on the mound. If you can’t get down here, Dave and Andy will have the call beginning at 1 p.m.
Here’s the Rays lineup:
Alex Cobb was sharp, the Rays got their first look in spring training at expanded replay, and Cameron Seitzer homered in front of his dad on Friday. The Rays won 6-3 over the Blue Jays in Dunedin, their fifth straight win. Tampa Bay is 5-1-1 this spring.
Good morning from Dunedin, where the Rays are playing on a crisp spring day after a rainout on Thursday in Sarasota. Alex Cobb will make his second start, and will see what could be an Opening Day lineup for the Blue Jays. It also will be the first exhibition game the Rays play with expanded instant replay.
UPDATED 10:22 AM – Today’s game vs Baltimore has been cancelled due to rain. We will post audio from Joe Maddon & David Price later today on how Price’s simulated game went this afternoon.
In the race for the fifth starter’s spot, all three of the top candidates saw action on Wednesday, and the Rays belted three homers in a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Yankees in Port Charlotte. The Rays now are 4-1-1 this Spring.
Joe Maddon made sure to make a very important announcement before today’s daily media session: it is Neil Solondz’s birthday. He then lead the Tampa Bay media contingent in singing “happy birthday.” Somehow Neil’s recorder didn’t work during this. Thanks to Steve Carney with WDAE for the audio.