UPDATE, 10;57: Two-way prospect Brendan McKay is listed among the Rays reserves today and likely to at least get some at-bats.
UPDATE, 10:53: Rays have Stanek starting Friday vs. Tigers in PC, Font vs. Pirates in Bradenton. On Saturday, Chirinos vs. Twins. Also, here is the Phillies lineup, with no Harper, as expected:
UPDATE, 9:35: Duffy (hamstring) said he’s feeling good, but no set day for his return to field: “The plan is to play with I play.” Plans to run at 70 % today. Hopes to start taking ground ball Sunday. Remains optimistic to be ready for opening day. Can get sim game ABs without running.
UPDATE, 9:30: Here is the Rays lineup, yes with C Mike Zunino leading off (to get some extra at-bats) and 2016 first-round pick Josh Lowe getting a start. Also, two-way prospect Brendan McKay is one of the reserves for today:
J. Lowe cf
DEVELOPING: Having won three straight before enjoying Wednesday’s off-day, the Rays are back in action today, hosting a Phillies split squad at 1:05 at the Charlotte Sports Park.
Reliever Emilio Pagan, the trade acquisition from Oakland who has had an impressive spring, will be on the mound for a start or, perhaps more relevant, an open. Also slated to pitch for the Rays are Diego Castillo, Colin Poche, Cole Sulser, Mike Franco, Ricardo Pinto. The Phillies, who had a night game in Tampa on Wednesday and a split squad in playing in Bradenton today, will start Drew Anderson, and are not likely to bring many name players, such as, say, Bryce Harper.
With opening day two weeks from today., manager Kevin Cash said the Rays will start locking in on a core group of players. Many of the regulars are expected to play today.
Wednesday wasn’t an off-day for everyone, as No. 3 starter Tyler Glasnow worked in a minor-league game against a Twins affiliate, working 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and two walks while striking out six, throwing 61 pitches, with 36 strikes. Top reliever Jose Alvarado also worked in a minor-league game but not faring as well, throwing 22 pitches (13 strikes) but couldn’t complete an inning, allowing two hits and a run with two strikeouts.
Rays spring info
Today: vs. Phillies (ss) 1:05, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.
RAYS: Emilio Pagan, Diego Castillo, Colin Poche, Cole Sulser, Mike Franco, Ricardo Pinto
PHILLIES: Drew Anderson
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Friday: vs. Tigers, 1:05, Rays, Ryne Stanek; Tigers, TBA; Fox Sports Sun, raysbaseball.com; at Pirates, 6:05, Rays, Wilmer Font; Pirates, TBA.
Saturday: vs. Twins, 1:05, Fox Sports Sun, 95.3-FM, 620-AM
Sunday: at Red Sox (ss), 1:05; 95.3-FM, 620-AM
18: vs. Pirates, 1:05
19: at Yankees, 1:05
21: vs. Braves (ss), 1:05
at Red Sox (ss), 6:05
22: vs. Pirates, 1:05
23: at Tigers, 1:05
24: at Braves (North Port), 4:05
25: at Phillies, 1:05
26: vs. Tigers (at Tropicana Field), 12:35