The Rays today will enjoy the benefits of having the Braves relocated to neighboring North Port, as they will make a road trip of only about 20 minutes, a welcome break from the usual 45-50 minutes to Fort Myers or Sarasota.
Camp invite Josh Fleming will be on the mound to start in place of Blake Snell, who is slated to test his sore elbow playing catch today in Port Charlotte.
Snell will play catch from a distance of 60 feet, saying he feels pretty good going in and how he feels on Wednesday will be more telling. Brent Honeywell also will throw a bullpen session today.
Reliever Jose Alvarado will make his third appearance of the spring, having looked much better in his second than his debut after making some mechanical adjustments.
Here is the Rays lineup against Braves starter Felix Hernandez, the longtime Mariners ace:
B. Lowe 2b
N. Lowe 3b
Others slated to throw for Rays today include: Alvarado, Anthony Banda, Shane McClanahan, Aaron Slegers and Chaz Roe.