For starters, Rays at Red Sox, a 5-0 loss
UPDATE, 10:54: The Rays lost 5-0 in what manager Joe Maddon called "kind of an innocuous game.'' Maddon agreed with Davis, that it wasn't as bad as it looked, and said a tight strike zone in the first inning by umpire Chad Whitson was a contributing factor. He said Davis was strong physically and threw some good breaking balls but that command was an issue.
"Physically I thought he threw the ball well, he had some good breaking balls, the command got away from him,’’ Maddon said. “Overall it wasn’t his sharpest performance but it wasn’t bad either.’’
As for the ball Upton misplayed, Maddon said: "He just missed it. He came in, he was very upset with himself. He took it. He was very accountable for it. He just missed it.''
UPDATE, 9:43: Davis didn't see it that way, saying his problems were correctable, the result of a fastball that was running a bit and a lack of aggressiveness in the strike zone. “I feel good about it,’’ Davis said. “I felt really strong. The stuff was really good.’’
UPDATE, 8:18: RHP Wade Davis had a rough night, throwing 58 pitches (and walking four) while failing to complete three innings.
UPDATE, 7:16: The Rays went down without a run in the top of the first against Daniel Bard. The game is on MLB Network. News updates will be posted here, follow along on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.
A look at the new Red Sox stadium, with a replica Green Monster. Photo by Marc Topkin
The Rays are heading south to Fort Myers for their first meeting with the Red Sox and their first look at the new JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the new spring stadium that was built to resemble Fenway Park, only newer and cleaner.
Wade Davis will be on the mound for the Rays, and here is the lineup, with Elliot Johnson at first base: