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For starters: Rays honor inaugural team before tonight’s game with Red Sox

Wage Boggs and many of his teammates from the 1998 team are back at Tropicana Field tonight. [Times file photo]
Wage Boggs and many of his teammates from the 1998 team are back at Tropicana Field tonight. [Times file photo]
Published Mar. 31, 2018

The Rays have lefty Wilson Alvarez on the mound and Wade Boggs, who is inching toward 3,000 hits at third base and Quinton McCracken in center. Wait, being told that was 20 years ago.

But those three are at the Trop, as are other members from the inaugural Devil Rays team that kicked off this party that is Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay on March 31, 1998.

Pregame ceremony honoring the team begins at 5:45. Alvarez will throw out the first pitch, just as he did 20 years ago against the Tigers.

The Rays will honor the original squad by wearing the original jerseys for tonight's game against the Red Sox.

The starting pitchers have ruled the day during the first two games of this four-game set.

The Rays will employ their first bullpen day of the season with RHP Andrew Kittredge getting the start. Manager Kevin Cash said he could reasonably expect a 55-pitch effort from Kittredge, who pitched 2 2/3 innings in each of his last two spring training outings.

Kittredge will be followed by another multi-inning pitcher, likely RHP Yonny Chirinos or LHP Ryan Yarbrough.

In a perfect world, Kittredge gives the Rays three innings. Chirinos or Yarbrough gives them three than Cash can piece together the final three with the short arms in a rested bullpen.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX

Betts RF

Benintendi CF

Ramirez DH

Martinez LF

Bogaerts SS

Moreland 1B

Nunez 3B

Holt 2B

Leon C

Porcello RHP (11-17, 4.65 in 2017)

RAYS

Span DH

Kiermaier CF

Gomez RF

Miller 1B

Duffy 3B

Wendle 2B

Hechavarria SS

Smith LF

Sucre C

Kittredge RHP (0-1, 1.76 in 2017)

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