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Game day report: Rays at Braves, 1:05 in North Port

Jose Alvarado will make his third appearance of the spring, having made progress to this point.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) throws during spring training baseball camp Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) throws during spring training baseball camp Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) [ JOHN BAZEMORE | AP ]
Published Mar. 3, 2020
Updated Mar. 3, 2020

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.

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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

Martinez 1b

Kiermaier cf

Diaz dh

N. Lowe 3b

Zunino c

Adames ss

LaMarre rf

Cozens lf

Fleming p

Others slated to throw for Rays today include: Alvarado, Anthony Banda, Shane McClanahan, Aaron Slegers and Chaz Roe.