For openers, Rays vs. Nationals
UPDATE, 4:32: The Rays lost the opener, 6-2. RHP Jake Odorizzi was impressive and sharp in the first inning, needing just 8 pitches to get three outs, and predictably pleased. Top prospect LHP Blake Snell had some rough moments, including a homer by Scott Sizemore on a bad changeup, but said he took his first big-league spring outing as a positive. Manager Kevin Cash agreed. The Rays host the Orioles on Thursday in Port Charlotte.
UPDATE, 10:03: Nats lineup, including ex-Rays C Jose Lobaton:
den Dekker rf,
UPDATE, 9:45: Rays lineup as expected. Cash said each player will get 2 at-bats, pitchers work 1 inning unless Hickey decides other wise.
Cash said he and others are excited about the opportunity to play in Cuba, that it will cause some scheduling and logistical issues by being that close to opening day but not a big problem.
Top prospect LHP Blake Snell, who has been impressive early in camp, will make debut and Cash said the staff is eager to see how he does.
DEVELOPING: The Rays open the exhibition season today with a 1:05 game against the Nationals and new manager Dusty Baker.
RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, slated to work 1-2 innings.
Here is the lineup that was posted in the Rays clubhouse on Monday:
Mikie Mahtook, rf
Kevin Kiermaier, cf
Evan Longoria, 3b
Logan Morrison, DH
Desmond Jennings, lf
James Loney, 1b
Tim Beckham, ss
Nick Franklin, 2b
Curt Casali, c
Jake Odorizzi, p
The Nationals won't be bringing many, if any, marquee players, but there are a couple of interesting names on the travel squad: INF Trea Turner and RHP Joe Ross, two promising young players who could have been Rays. The Padres gave the then-prospects up in the Wil Myers trade, but Rays opted to send them on to Washington for OF Steven Souza Jr.