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Rays-Braves game canceled due to rain

The Rays had been optimistic of playing despite the forecast, and initially announced a 30-minute delay.
A forecast for afternoon-long rain in Port Charlotte led to the decision to call the game.
A forecast for afternoon-long rain in Port Charlotte led to the decision to call the game. [ MARC TOPKIN | Times ]
Published Mar. 6
Updated Mar. 6

UPDATE, 12:51: The Rays-Braves game was canceled.

Initially the Rays announced a delay until 1:30, but as the grounds crew was pulling back part of the tarp to prepare the field, official word came on the cancellation. Glasnow and Trevor Richards will throw in the indoor cage.

DEVELOPING: Despite a threatening forecast, the Rays are set to host the Braves this afternoon in Port Charlotte, first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

Rain is expected later in the day, but manager Kevin Cash said around 10 a.m. that the team expected to be able to play. A light rain started falling around 11. The Braves left North Port for the short trip to Port Charlotte around 11:30.

If the game is played and plans don’t change, Tyler Glasnow is slated to face ex-Ray Charlie Morton.

The Rays also have a 10:45 a.m. intrasquad/simulated game planned, with Chris Archer among the pitchers. Also scheduled are: Hunter Strickland, Phoenix Sanders, Jeffrey Springs, Yacksel Rios and Andrew Kittredge.

Also Saturday:

* Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier said he is set to start playing in games on Tuesday, that the hip tightness which slowed him earlier has gone away and, no surprise, he is eager to get out there.

* Outfield prospect Josh Lowe (as in low, and the younger brother of traded first baseman Nate), said he will continue the ongoing debate with Brandon Lowe (as in wow) over pronunciation of their last names: “Doesn’t matter how much service time he has, or how little I have so far, it’s going to be who can say their name the loudest, and correctly.”

Here is the Rays lineup:

And for the Braves: