For starters, Edwin Jackson
Right hander Edwin Jackson pitches last week during spring training at the Namoli Complex in St. Petersburg. [James Borchuck, Times]
RHP Edwin Jackson will start Friday's exhibition opener against the Reds in Sarasota, but manager Joe Maddon said that wasn't necessarily an indication he had a lead in the competition for one of the two open spots in the rotation.
"It's just his turn,'' Maddon said. "We had to pick somebody.''
In what doesn't seem coincidental, LHP Scott Kazmir will pitch the home spring opener on Saturday and be followed by James Shields, as they claim their expected places at the front of the Rays rotation. Kazmir would be on schedule to pitch the season opener March 31 in Baltimore, but Maddon said he wasn't ready to make any announcements yet, at least not until he talked to the pitchers.
The team will play 11 a.m. intrasquad games on Tuesday, with Troy Percival starting for one team and Kazmir for the other, and again on Wednesday, with Shields starting for one team and Matt Garza for the other.
The complete intrasquad pitching plans: