Spring game report: Rays vs. Jays
UPDATE, 3:47: Still 2-1 Jays in the ninth.
UPDATE, 3:24: Shields said the conversation with Morris on the mound was pretty funny. "He walked out to the mound and he's like, So what do we do now? I was like, you're supposed to get the ball from me, and he's like, oh, okay."
UPDATE, 3:21: Dan Johnson homers to right - though the umps at first ruled in in play, then after Johnson was tagged out reversed their call, but waste consecutive singles by Sam Fuld and Robinson Chirinos and trail 2-1 after 7.
UPDATE, 3:13: Rays foiled as Casey Kotchman hits into a double play. Adam Russell gets into and out of trouble in the top of the 7th. Still 2-0 Jays with Rays coming up again. Subs are in.
UPDATE, 2:56: Rays rallying in 6th, still down 2-0. Shields said he felt great and thought he pitched good.
UPDATE, 2:29: Farnsworth in for Rays, still trailing 2-0 in fifth. Kelly Shoppach got Rays first hit, a hard single to left with one out in fourth.
UPDATE, 2:26: Shields goes 3 1/3, allowing the two runs on 5 hits (including the Davis homer) and striking out three. He threw 60 pitches (44 strikes) and got taken out by Raheem Morris, who looked good calling for the lefty (RJ Swindle) as he strode toward the mound.
UPDATE, 1:57: Shields works a quick third, still 2-0 Jays with Rays coming up.
UPDATE, 1:44: Shields gives up another run, on a couple singles and a double play Elliot Johnson and Sean Rodriguez couldn't turn, but picks off Adeiny Hechavarria to end the inning, after about five tries.
UPDATE, 1:34: Rays get a couple on but don't score in their first. Bucs assistant coach Eric Yarber was coaching first.
UPDATE, 1:09: Now that it's finally time for baseball after a morning of frivolity, James Shields gives up a homer to Rajai Davis on his second pitch of the game, Rays trail 1-0
UPDATE, 12:58: Bucs coach Raheem Morris brings out the lineup card in his role as Rays guest manager of the day, and the umpiring crew poses for a photo with him.
UPDATE, 9:59: Jays lineup, not too many familiar names, but a couple long ones:
E. Thames dh
J. Molina c
DEVELOPING: The Rays open a four-day "homestand" in Port Charlotte today against the Jays.
INF Elliot Johnson is back in the lineup for the first time since straining his left quad in the opener, and most of the regulars have the day off. RHP James Shields will be on the mound.
Bucs assistant coach Eric Yarber is going to take batting practice today, accompanied by assistant Alfredo Roberts. Head coach Raheem Morris is expected for the game, and has been invited to join manager Joe Maddon in the dugout.
Here is the lineup posted in the clubhouse this morning:
E. Johnson ss
D. Johnson dh
Also, the travel squad was posted for Wednesday's split-squad exhibition against the Netherlands at St. Petersburg's Al Lang Stadium, and none of the frontline (or 40-man rostered) players are going, nor are the big-league coaches.
The lineup will look like this: