Rays report: Archer vs. Red Sox today at 1:05

Published Feb. 26, 2017

UPDATE, 10:02: Jose De Leon, Shawn Tolleson, Xavier Cedeno are slated to throw live BPs today, last hurdle before game action, likely mid-week.

OF Steven Souza Jr. says surgically repaired left hip is responding well, expects to play in first spring game on Wednesday.

DEVELOPING: After splitting their first two games, the Rays face the Red Sox for the first of five times this spring this afternoon at 1:05 with likely Opening Day starter Chris Archer on the mound.

Archer is pitching the first of two games for the Rays before heading off to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic, planning to work two innings today.

Even though the Rays have 30 position players in major-league camp, several are being held back early in the spring as they recover from injuries, so two minor-leaguers, OFs Joe McCarthy and Justin Williams, are in the starting lineup.

Here is the lineup that was posted Saturday in the clubhouse:

Robertson ss
Kiermaier dh
Weeks 1b
Miller 2b
Beckham 3b
Sucre c
Williams rf
Field cf
McCarthy lf
Archer p

And here is the Red Sox lineup:

Holt ss
Benintendi lf
Craig dh
Bradley cf
Travis 1b
Swihart c
Brentz rf
Hernandez 2b
Dominguez 3b
Velazquez p