UPDATE, 10:15: Duffy is indeed in the lineup, saying the hamstring feels good and he is ready to go, thinking he can get enough at-bats to be ready to open the season. Cash is optimistic but said they will have to see how he does, feels and bounces back to be sure. ... Brandon Lowe said the impact of his new contract hasn’t really hit him.
Here are the lineups with a few changes, notably Pham playing in Port Charlotte rather than Fort Myers:
B. Lowe 2b
N. Lowe 1b
And vs. Red Sox:
M. Gomez dh
DEVELOPING: Coming off Wednesday’s off day, the Rays get right back to work today with two games, their fourth split-squad assignment of the spring.
One team will play an afternoon game at home against the Braves, with third baseman Matt Duffy, who has been battling a left hamstring issue, slated to be back in the lineup for the first time since Feb. 28 and just second time of the spring. Touted two-way prospect Brendan McKay, their top pick in the 2017 draft, is scheduled be the starting pitcher, and will have a big stage to see how close he is to the majors. The Braves are starting Kyle Wright.
The other Rays squad heads back to Fort Myers for a 6:05 game, with Hunter Wood and Emilio Pagan, who seem to be battling for a final bullpen spot, both schedule to pitch, and a number of big-name position players making the trip. The Sox are starting Hector Velazquez.
Here are the lineups that were posted in the Rays clubhouse on Tuesday, and subject to change:
B. Lowe 2b
N. Lowe 1b
VS. RED SOX
Rays spring info
Today: vs. Braves 1:05, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.
RAYS: Brendan McKay, Diego Castillo, Yonny Chirinos, Ryan Yarbough
BRAVES: Kyle Wright, relievers TBA
Tonight: at Red Sox 6:05, JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers
RAYS: Hunter Wood, Emilio Pagan, Andrew Kittredge, Oliver Drake, Cole Sulser
RED SOX: Hector Velazquez, relievers TBA
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Friday: vs. Pirates, 1:05; RAYS: Casey Sadler; Pirates, TBA; Fox Sports Sun, raysbaseball.com
Saturday: at Tigers, 1:05; 95.3-FM., 620-AM
Sunday: vs. Braves, at North Port, 4:05; 95.3-FM, 620-AM
Monday: at Phillies, 1:05
Tuesday: vs. Tigers, at Tropicana Field, 12:35; Fox Sports Sun; 95.3 FM, 620-AM
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End of spring training