Rays game cancelled
Tuesday's game was canceled due to rain with the Twins leading 3-0 and batting with one out in the top of the fifth. The stats don't count, and neither does the result, so the Rays remain undefeated. "Thanks to mother nature,'' manager Joe Maddon said.
Under the Rays' policy for canceled games, fans may exchange tickets from Tuesday's game for a ticket of equal value to another spring game, or the value can be applied to a ticket for a regular-season game at Tropicana Field. Tickets can be exchanged at the Tropicana Field box office, or at the Progress Energy Field box office (open only on exhibition game days) and by mail to:
Tampa Bay Rays
Attn: Ticket Operations
One Tropicana Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
UPDATE 2:24 The game was delayed by rain in the top of the fifth and then canceled, with the Twins leading 3-0.
UPDATE 2:18 PM Evan Longoria struck out again to end the fourth, with the Twins leading 3-0.
UPDATE 2:14 PM Back to live action with Rocco Baldelli at the plate, and he popped out again, this time to shallow right.
UPDATE 2:10 PM The game is being delayed as a door in the outfield fence fell onto the field, perhaps blown over by the winds.
UPDATE 2:06 PM The Twins made it 3-0 with a ground ball that Reyes knocked down and recovered in time to get an out at first. That's it for the Twins, and Nick Blackburn just replaced Boof Bonser, the Gibbs High product who had a strong outing.
UPDATE 2:01 PM The Twins are on the board as Mike Redmond singled between first and second to make it 1-0. With one out, Jason Kubel grounded to first and Garrett Jones beat Carlos Pena's throw home to make it 2-0.
UPDATE 2:00 PM Al Reyes has given up a couple singles to start the fourth as the Twins threaten. The rain is threatening too, with some light sprinkles but nothing severe yet.
UPDATE 1:43 PM Shawn Riggans reached on a throwing error by 2B Mike Lamb to open the third, but the Rays couldn't do anything with it as Tampa's Denard Span made a nice running catch to rob Akinori Iwamura of a hit. Jason Bartlett singled but Bonser caught Carlos Pena looking at strike three to end the inning.
UPDATE 1:40 PM Jackson gave up three hits overall - one an inning - but overall it was a solid outing in his bid to retain a spot in the rotation.
UPDATE 1:31 PM Evan Longoria is human after all - he just took a called third strike from Boof Bonser for the second out of the second. John Rodriguez struck out too. Edwin Jackson came out to pitch a third inning.
UPDATE 1:20 PM This threat of rain thing isn't bad - players on both teams are hustling to keep the game moving. SS Jason Bartlett just made a smooth double play, fielding a grounder, tagging second and throwing on to first. Still 0-0.
UPDATE 1:18 PM Rocco Baldelli popped out to center to end the first in the first of his two scheduled DH at-bats. He looked fine running down to first earlier in the at-bat on a foul ball.
UPDATE 1:12 PM Jackson gave up a leadoff double, on a sharp ground ball down the first-base line, and a couple of hard-hit outs, but escaped the first with no runs.
UPDATE, 1:05 PM Edwin Jackson's first pitch to Denard Span was a strike as things are underway. How long they get to play remains to be seen.
The skies are gray, the wind whipping and the weather radar ominous, but the Rays and Twins appear ready to at least start their game at Progress Energy Park. The lineups are being introduced and the players are warming up.
Akinori Iwamura, 2b
Jason Bartlett, ss
Carlos Pena, 1b
Rocco Baldelli, dh
Cliff Floyd, rf
Evan Longoria, 3b
John Rodriguez, lf
Shawn Riggans, c
Jon Weber, cf
Edwin Jackson, rhp
Denard Span, cf
Nick Punto, 2b
Michael Cuddyer, rf
Garrett Jones, 1b
Mike Redmond, c
Mike Lamb, 3b
Jason Kubel, lf
Howie Clark, dh
Adam Everett, ss
Boof Bonser, rhp