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Skyway closure forces Rays to take long way

Skyway delay

For the second time in three days, the Sunshine Skyway was temporarily shut down Thursday morning because of thick fog, delaying the Rays' arrival to Bright House Field from Port Charlotte. The team had to be rerouted through Tampa, arriving around 10:30 a.m. "Nice off day, hopefully everybody had a good day, then we got to deal with some traffic this morning getting back up here," manager Kevin Cash said. "The traffic has been unbelievable, but we're here. So that's good." The bridge reopened at 11:20 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Bad luck of the Irish?

This marks the second year in a row the Rays have traveled to play the Phillies on St. Patrick's Day, and also the second straight time a Rays starter has left with an injury. 3B Evan Longoria came out Thursday with a left shin contusion after a fouling a ball off his shin. Last season, RHP Alex Cobb pitched three innings before leaving with left elbow tightness. He had Tommy John surgery on May 14, 2015.

The dish Rays vs. Red Sox (ss)

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Radio: raysbaseball.com (signup required)

Tickets: See below

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½ -2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 South to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10

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

Pitchers: Rays — Dana Eveland, David Carpenter, Danny Farquhar, Xavier Cedeno, Alex Colome; Steve Geltz, Enny Romero; Red Sox — Roenis Elias, Sean O'Sullivan, Anthony Varvano, Edwin Escobar, Roman Mendez

Heads-up

With scheduled starter RHP Erasmo Ramirez pitching instead in a minor-league game, it will be something of a bullpen day for the Rays, with six relievers scheduled.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Orioles — Yovanni Gallardo

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Orioles — TBA

Monday: Off (in Cuba)

Exhibition schedule

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

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

March

22 at Cuban national team (Havana)

23 at Twins

24 at Yanks, 6:35

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05

27 vs. Jays

29 at Jays

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves, at Tigers

Skyway closure forces Rays to take long way 03/17/16 [Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 6:15pm]
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