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Rays' Souza, Archer help out local charities

Lending a hand

OF Steven Souza Jr. is taking to the alley to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Souza is encouraging fans to join the annual Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser. Fans who raise at least $1,250 by Wednesday are eligible for an invitation to his VIP bowling party March 31. See bbbstampabay.org for more info.

Lending another hand

RHP Chris Archer is kicking off his third year of partnering with Good Sports to donate sports equipment to youth programs Friday at Port Charlotte High. Archer will provide bats, catcher's gear, batting helmets and training equipment for the baseball and softball teams, plus some equipment for the PE program.

Rays roster

A look at the 43 players remaining on the spring roster:

Pitchers (22): Matt Andriese, Chris Archer, Andrew Bellatti, Brad Boxberger, David Carpenter, LH Xavier Cedeno, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, LH Dana Eveland, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, Jhan Marinez, Kyle McPherson, LH Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Romero, Mark Sappington, LH Drew Smyly, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Webb, Chase Whitley

Catchers (4): Mayo Acosta, Curt Casali, Hank Conger, Rene Rivera

Infielders (9): Tim Beckham, Logan Forsythe, James Loney, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce, Juniel Querecuto, Richie Shaffer

Outfielders (8): Jaff Decker, Corey Dickerson, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Mikie Mahtook, Taylor Motter, Steven Souza Jr.

The dish Rays at Yankees

When/where: 6:35 today; Steinbrenner Field, One Steinbrenner Drive (across from Raymond James Stadium), Tampa

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $17-37, available via yankees.com, Ticketmaster outlets.

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Andriese, Enny Romero, Steve Geltz, Danny Farquhar; Yankees — CC Sabathia, relievers TBA

Heads-up

With closer Brad Boxberger expected to miss up to the first two months, Danny Farquhar and Steve Geltz are two of the pitchers being considered for ninth-inning duty.

On deck

Friday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — Drew Smyly; Twins — TBA

Saturday: at Pirates, 6:05. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Pirates — TBA

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Jays — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-24, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS (326-7297), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).

All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

March

28 Off

29 at Jays

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves, at Tigers

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays' Souza, Archer help out local charities 03/23/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 9:48pm]
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