UPDATE, 9:46: Cash said the Rays are optimistic of getting in today’s game, but acknowledged the forecast for rain could be an issue today and Tuesday when they are slated to play in Tampa. The Rays are planning to hit here in PC on Tuesday morning before leaving for Tampa just to see if there is clarity on the forecast. ... 3B Matt Duffy is slated to run based today as he continues to test his left hamstring, with the potential to return to game action on Thursday.
Here is the Pirates lineup:
P. Reyes cf
A. Reyes 2b
UPDATE, 9:35: Brandon Lowe will play second today rather than Wong, otherwise the Rays are set to go, though the weather may be an issue both today and tomorrow, Cash said.
Here is the new Rays lineup:
B. Lowe 2b
DEVELOPING: The Rays are back in Port Charlotte today, as they’ll send their new starter, Charlie Morton, to the mound against his former Pirates teammates.
Morton spent 2009-15 with Pittsburgh, compiling a 41-62, 4.39 record. He was traded to the Phillies for the 2016 season, but made only four starts before a season-ending injury then signed with the Astros and enjoyed tremendous success, going 29-10, 3.36 and getting the win in the seventh and decisive games of the AL Championship and the World Series.
Also of note today, Tommy Pham is slated to return to leftfield after spending two plus weeks limited to DH duty as he worked on a right shoulder strengthening program to improve this throwing.
The Pirates are starting Nick Kingham.
Here is the Rays lineup that was posted in the clubhouse Sunday, subject to change:
Rays spring info
Today: vs. Pirates 1:05, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.
RAYS: Charlie Morton, Casey Sadler, Wilmer Font, Adam Kolarek, Oliver Drake, Andrew Kittredge
PIRATES: Nick Kingham, Kyle Crick, Richard Rodriguez, Tyler Lyons
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Tuesday: at Yankees, 1:05; Rays, Tyler Glasnow; Yankees, Luis Cessa; yankees.com
Thursday (ss): vs. Braves, 1:05;
at Red Sox, 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