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Rays: Split-squad finale no fun; average attendance increases

Quote of the day

"It's terrible, but we'll make it work. It's ridiculous. I'd love to know who drew that one up. That wasn't very smart."

— Rays manager Kevin Cash, on split-squad games on the last day of spring training

Number of the day

5,274 Average attendance for Rays home spring games, up from 5,105 last year.

Rays roster

A look at the 30 players remaining on the spring roster:

Pitchers (16): Chris Archer, Andrew Bellatti, Brad Boxberger (DL), LH Xavier Cedeno, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome (DL), LH Dana Eveland, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, LH Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Romero, Drew Smyly, Ryan Webb, Chase Whitley (DL)

Catchers (2): Curt Casali, Hank Conger

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

Outfielders (6): Corey Dickerson, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Mikie Mahtook, Steven Souza Jr.

The dish Rays (ss) at Tigers

1:05 today, Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland

Tickets: $15-24, available through tigers.com or 1-863-686-8075.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Enny Romero, Jhan Marinez, Ryan Garton, Ryne Stanek, Brad Schreiber, Adam Kolarek, Diego Castillo, Edwin Pierro; Tigers — Anibal Sanchez, relievers TBA

Rays (ss) at Braves

1:05 today, Champion Stadium (Disney), 700 Victory Way, Kissimmee.

Tickets: $15-57, via braves.com or Ticketmaster outlets

Pitchers: Rays — Adam Wilk, Jaime Schultz, Mark Sappington, Kyle McPherson, Jeff Ames, Jared Mortenson, Brian Miller, Kyle Bird, Brandon Koch; Braves — Jhoulys Chacin, Jim Johnson, Dan Winkler, Arodys Vizcaino

Heads-up

More of the big-name players are making the shorter trip from the Trop to Lakeland, with Cash. The only big-leaguers headed to Disney are C Curt Casali, OF Corey Dickerson, 2B Logan Forsythe and SS Brad Miller, where bench coach Tom Foley will manage.

On deck

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Regular-season opener vs. Blue Jays, Tropicana Field, 4:05 (sold out). Rays — Chris Archer; Jays — Marcus Stroman

Monday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — Drew Smyly; Jays — R.A. Dickey

Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Jays — Aaron Sanchez

Rays: Split-squad finale no fun; average attendance increases 03/31/16 [Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:09pm]
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