UPDATE. 11:36: Phillies lineup vs. Rays:
UPDATE, 9:52: Jalen Beeks got told after this three-inning outing Sunday that he made the opening day roster, right there on the bench by manager Kevin Cash. "I was excited and feel super blessed,'' he said. "It’s crazy that I made an Opening Day roster, I don’t know if it’s really set in.''
UPDATE, 9:32: Here is the Rays lineup, which, with Snell pitching, could be close to what they use opening day:
B. Lowe DH
Here are the other Rays pitchers scheduled to work, and with a few extras from minor-league camp:
Castillo, Wood, Pagan, Kolarek, Drake, Kittredge, Gardeck, Milner, Cloyd, Franco, Disla
DEVELOPING: The Rays play their second to last exhibition of the spring today, with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Phillies in Clearwater.
The three candidates for the final bullpen spot, Adam Kolarek. Emilio Pagan and Hunter Wood, are all scheduled for work, as is the reliever with the least secure spot, Wilmer Font.
The potential is there for a pitch-off for the final spot(s), and resolution is expected by the end of the day, but manager Kevin Cash said Monday’s performances won’t be the deciding factors. Font has not had a good spring, and while being out of options helps his cause there could also be an option to put him on the IL as he missed the final three months of 2018 with a lat strain.
Otherwise the Rays will use today’s game, and Tuesday’s at the Trop vs. Detroit, as tuneups for Thursday’s opener vs. the Astros. The Phillies are starting Jake Arrieta, which could make it more interesting.
No Rays lineup was posted in the clubhouse in North Port on Sunday, but most of the regulars are expected to play today.