For starters, Rays at Red Sox
UPDATE, 4:39: The Rays lost 7-2, but it was a succesful day for starter Chris Archer, who went two solid innings, and prospect RHP Jake Faria, who had an impressive debut. ... Cash was pleased with both of them, as well as the overall offensive approach as they rapped nine hits and were the victims of several good defensive plays by Boston 3B Pablo Sandoval. ... INF Richie Shaffer left the game after being on the left knee by a pitch with two outs in the ninth but said only because it struck him on the "funny bone" and expects to be fine.
UPDATE, 12:25: Cash said OF Steven Souza Jr. (intercostal strain) went through "a full drill" with the other outfielders in Port Charlotte this morning and was to take batting practice that apparently went well. "When I walked out I got a thumbs-up from (head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield), and generally I would have heard otherwise,'' Cash said. If all continues to go well, Souza is likely to make his exhibition debut March 10-11. ... Taylor Motter starts at SS, which being able to show he can play could be key to improving his chances. "It'll factor in,'' Cash said. "Motter's versatility is a huge factor in that you can stick him in the outfield, he's comfortable anywhere on the diamond really. But shortstop is something we would like to focus on. It's a little tough to do just in spring training because we've got to get some other players ready for the big-league season.'' ... RHP Alex Colome and LHP Xavier Cedeno threw live batting practices on Thursday and will do so again Sunday before moving into game action the middle of next week. The Rays have them on a slower schedule than other pitchers based on their 2015 workload. .
UPDATE, 8:51: The Rays are taking batting practice in Port Charlotte before heading south.
Here is the Rays lineup, as expected:
Also scheduled to pitch are Kyle McPherson, Jhan Marinez, Adam Wilk, Adam Reifer, Jake Faria and Parker Markel.
The Red Sox are using pretty much their "A" lineup:
Bradley Jr. CF
And they are expected to use new closer Craig Kimbrel as well.
DEVELOPING: All-Star ace RHP Chris Archer will make his spring debut today as the Rays head down I-75 to Fort Myers to take on the Red Sox at 1:05.
Here is the projected lineup that was posted Thursday in the Rays clubhouse:
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