Sunday, September 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' opening day schedule, lineup, roster

Today's schedule

Noon: Tropicana Field parking lots open

1: Gates open, players briefly greeting fans; Rays batting practice

2: Jays batting practice; shuttle service from downtown starts

3:42: Team introductions (Special guest: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred)

3:56: Anthems performed by Tampa Bay area saxophonist B.K. Jackson; colors presented by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard

4: Ceremonial first pitch by George Wendt, actor who played Norm on Cheers

4:06: Rays take the field

4:08: First pitch by Chris Archer

Blue Jays lineup

1. Kevin Pillar, CF

2. Josh Donaldson, 3B

3. Jose Bautista, RF

4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH

5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS

6. Justin Smoak, 1B

7. Michael Saunders,LF

8. Russell Martin, C

9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P — RHP Marcus Stroman

Rays roster

A look at the Rays' opening day roster:

Starters (4): Chris Archer, LH Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, LH Drew Smyly

Relievers (8): LH Xavier Cedeno, Alex Colome, LH Dana Eveland, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Romero, Ryan Webb

Catchers (2): Curt Casali, Hank Conger

Infielders (6): Tim Beckham, Logan Forsythe, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce

Outfielders (5): Corey Dickerson, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza Jr.

DL (3): RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Chase Whitley

For openers How Rays have fared in openers:

1998 vs. Detroit L 11-6

1999 at Baltimore L 10-7

2000 at Minnesota W 7-0

2001 vs. Toronto W 8-1

2002 vs. Detroit W 9-5

2003 vs. Boston W 6-4

2004 vs. New York* W 8-3

2005 vs. Toronto L 5-2

2006 at Baltimore L 9-6

2007 at New York L 9-5

2008 at Baltimore W 6-2

2009 at Boston L 5-3

2010 vs. Baltimore W 4-3

2011 vs. Baltimore L 4-1

2012 vs. New York W 7-6

2013 vs. Baltimore L 7-4

2014 vs. Toronto W 9-2

2015 vs. Baltimore L 6-2

     
         
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