For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, in a Tampa night game
5:40 update: Rays manager Kevin Cash was pleased with Chris Archer's showing in Port Charlotte against Twins minor-leaguers -- he saw the first four innings in person before driving up to Tampa for tonight's game against the Yankees. Archer threw 106 pitches over 6.1 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run, striking out nine while walking two.
"He was outstanding. Probably his best outing of the spring," Cash said. "Everything was clicking really good today."
Archer is expected to pitch one more time before his Opening Day start April 3 -- that will likely be Wednesday and should be tapered down to three or four innings. His previous start was rained out after six pitches and Cash said today that the team chose to have Archer in Port Charlotte against minor-leaguers, rather than give the Yankees an extra look at him before the season.
"My thinking is keeping him out of it. They see Chris Archer plenty," Cash said. "It makes sense for us to do that. Why not do it?"a
5:30 update: Your Rays lineup for the night:
UPDATE, 3:13: Yankees lineup:
Former Rays RHP Kirby Yates is among the relievers expected to pitch for Yankees tonight.
UPDATE, 3:00: Still waiting on Rays lineup for tonight. ... Archer did pitch in a Triple-A game against the Twins in the Port. Here is is line:
6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 106 pitches (72 strikes)
DEVELOPING: The Rays will be fully back in action tonight to take on the Yankees in Tampa after their top players got Wednesday off following the lengthy delay in returning from Cuba.
Opening day starter RHP Chris Archer won't be in Tampa however, as the Rays are opting to have him work in Port Charlotte, in either an intrasquad or minor-league game.
RHP Matt Andriese will start for the Rays against the Yankees, with Enny Romero, Steve Geltz and Danny Farquhar among those slated to work in relief as team execs and coaches try to sort out how to best compensate for the two-month injury absence of closer Brad Boxberger.
Of note, Forbes magazine released its annual franchise value rankings, with the Rays again at the bottom, though up to $650-million. The Yankees are again first with a value of $3.4-billion.
Probably won't see the Rays lineup until mid- to late-afternoon, first pitch is at 6:35.