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Rays Thursday: 1:05, vs. Braves in Port Charlotte; 6:05 vs. Red Sox in Fort Myers

Matt Duffy is slated tie back in the lineup for the Rays, and prospect Brendan McKay on the mound in Port Charlotte.
Matt Duffy is slated to be back in the lineup for the Rays for the first time since Feb. 28. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Matt Duffy is slated to be back in the lineup for the Rays for the first time since Feb. 28. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Mar. 21, 2019|Updated Mar. 21, 2019


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:

Vs. Braves

Duffy 3b

Pham lf

Robertson ss

B. Lowe 2b

Garcia rf

Zunino c

Heredia cf

N. Lowe 1b

Coats dh

McKay p

And vs. Red Sox:

Meadows rf

Choi 1b

Diaz 3b

Wendle 2b

Kiermaier cf

Adames ss

Perez c

Bonifacio lf

M. Gomez dh

Wood p

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:

VS. BRAVES

Robertson ss

B. Lowe 2b

Duffy 3b

Garcia rf

Zunino c

Heredia cf

N. Lowe 1b

Coats dh

Smolinski lf

McKay p

VS. RED SOX

Meadows rf

Pham lf

Choi 1b

Diaz 3b

Wendle 2b

Kiermaier cf

Adames ss

Perez c

Bonifacio dh

Wood p

Rays spring info

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

Pitchers

RAYS: Brendan McKay, Diego Castillo, Yonny Chirinos, Ryan Yarbough

BRAVES: Kyle Wright, relievers TBA

Radio: raysbaseball.com

Tonight: at Red Sox 6:05, JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers

Pitchers

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

On deck

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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