Rays Sunday: 1:05, vs. Red Sox in Port Charlotte

Most of the top relievers are slated to throw, including Jose Alvarado.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) throws during the eighth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla on April 18, 2018.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) throws during the eighth inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla on April 18, 2018.
Published March 10
Updated March 10

UPDATE, 10:50: Nick Solak said he was fine after the scary incident of being hit on the helmet by a pitch Saturday, went through the concussion protocol after the game, was okay during the night and doesn’t expect any lingering issues. Had it happened to him before? "I know this doesn’t sound good, but I don’t remember,'' he said. ... Cash said “nothing new” on Duffy (hamstring), "he’s going to be out for a little bit I would anticipate, a few more days.'' ... The Rays have several of their top relievers going today, including Alvarado, Castillo and Stanek in what hasn’t yet been an overly impressive spring. Cash said "I like that the guys are healthy, there is going to be a date where we’ve got to start locking in strike-throwing a little bit.'’ They’ll start pitching more often going forward. Rays are also taking another look today at Poche, who has not been sharp.

Here is the Red Sox lineup:

Bradley cf

Betts rf

Devers 3b

Boagerts ss

Pearce 1b

Nunez dh

Holt 2b

Leon c

Hernandez lf

Porcello p

UPDATE, 10:35: Tommy Pham was scratched from the original lineup due to issues with his shoulder. He’s been doing strengthening and was going to DH only for a week. Cash said Pham’s shoulder "is not bouncing back maybe like he wanted it to,'' will take “two days off of nothing” and then plan to DH on Tuesday. Pham expects to be back in the outfield by the end of the week.

Here is the new Rays lineup:

Meadows lf

Zunino dh

Choi 1b

Garcia rf

Wendle 2b

Diaz 3b

Robertson ss

Perez c

Heredia cf

Sadler p

DEVELOPING: The Rays get a look at the World Series champ Red Sox today in a 1:05 game in Port Charlotte.

Though non-roster righty Casey Sadler is scheduled to start for the Rays, most of their key relievers are slated for action against their AL East rivals, including Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo and Ryne Stanek. Today also will be the first game action for Ryan Yarbrough since he felt tightness in his groin Feb. 28.

The Red Sox are starting righty Rick Porcello.

Here is the Rays lineup posted in the clubhouse Saturday, and subject to change:

Meadows lf

Pham dh

Choi 1b

Garcia rf

Wendle 2b

Diaz 3b

Robertson ss

Perez c

Heredia cf

Sadler p

Also scheduled to throw for the Rays is Emilio Pagan who has had an impressive camp.

Rays spring info

Today: vs. Red Sox 1:05, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.

Pitchers

RAYS: Casey Sadler, Emilio Pagan, Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo, Ryne Stanek, Ryan Yarbrough

RED SOX: Rick Porcello (starter)

TV/radio: MLB Network (Red Sox broadcast0; 95.3-FM, 620-AM

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

On deck

Monday: at Phillies, 1:05; Rays, Blake Snell; Phillies, TBA.

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 1:07.

Wednesday: OFF

Spring schedule

March 14: vs. Phillies (ss), 1:05

15: vs. Tigers (ss), 1:05

at Pirates (ss), 6:05

16: vs. Twins, 1:05

17: at Red Sox (ss), 1:05

18: vs. Pirates, 1:05

19: at Yankees, 1:05

20: OFF

21: vs. Braves (ss), 1:05

at Red Sox (ss), 6:05

22: vs. Pirates, 1:05

23: at Tigers, 1:05

24: at Braves (North Port), 4:05

25: at Phillies, 1:05

26: vs. Tigers (at Tropicana Field), 12:35




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