Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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

1. Logan



2. Logan



3. Evan



4. Corey



5. Desmond



6. Brad



7. Steven

Souza Jr.


8. Kevin



9. Hank






Rays' opening day schedule, lineup, roster 04/02/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2016 8:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help


    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play


    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.