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Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Rays Report

A baseball blog by Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

Rays @ O’s: Lineups

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SARASOTA -- The Rays are expecting a soggy afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium during this afternoon’s game against the Orioles.

There are conflicting forecasts, but one calls for heavy rain beginning at 2 p.m. Another suggests they should get the game in before the rains come.

The Rays are taking BP at Charlotte Sports Park. The bus is not scheduled to leave until 10:30. It normally leaves at 9:15.

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Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Rays stadium situation this morning after meeting with the Rays players and staff.

“I think the good news for fans in Tampa and St. Petersburg is (owner) Stuart (Sternberg) remains committed to the idea that the Rays should be here,” Manfred said. “I think that’s a great undertaking, great mindset for him. From our prospective, it is very difficult to get a new stadium done without cooperation, help, assistance from the local government. We’re hoping – we’re hoping – that Stuart gets that kind of help so that they can get a facility that can keep the Rays here and competitive for a long time.”

Sternberg met with reporters last week and said patience was running thin among team owners and league executives when it comes to the Rays stadium search.

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Rays v NYY: Manfred talks stadium issue and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Rays stadium situation this morning after meeting with the Rays players and staff.

“I think the good news for fans in Tampa and St. Petersburg is (owner) Stuart (Sternberg) remains committed to the idea that the Rays should be here,” Manfred said. “I think that’s a great undertaking, great mindset for him. From our prospective, it is very difficult to get a new stadium done without cooperation, help, assistance from the local government. We’re hoping – we’re hoping – that Stuart gets that kind of help so that they can get a facility that can keep the Rays here and competitive for a long time.”

Sternberg met with reporters last week and said patience was running thin among team owners and league executives when it comes to the Rays stadium search.

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Rays @ Twins: Forsythe at 2B, updates on Cobb, Moore

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FORT MYERS -- Manager Kevin Cash said Logan Forsythe will get the bulk of playing time until Nick Franklin (oblique strain) returns to the lineup sometime in April.

Cash said Franklin is the “gray area” between missing 4 to 6 weeks and 6 to 8 weeks.

RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tightness) was examined Tuesday by team doctors. He said everything checked out well and he will resume throwing once the pain is gone. Cash said that could be as early as this weekend, though he said he wasn’t certain about that.

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Rays to retire Zim’s No. 66 on Opening Day

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Here is the team release on retiring Don Zimmer’s number on Opening Day ...

The Tampa Bay Rays will retire uniform No. 66 in honor of the team’s longtime senior advisor Don Zimmer in a pregame ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday, April 6 when the Rays open the season against the Baltimore Orioles.

“Don Zimmer enriched the lives of everyone in the Rays family, and he played a significant part in the growth of our organization,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. “Zim’s presence has been a gift to the game of baseball, and his influence will be felt for years to come.

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Rays v Pirates: Cabrera the SS, notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash named Asdrubal Cabrera as the shortstop this morning.

“It just makes the most sense right now,” Cash said.

Cabrera signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract in the offseason. There is talk that his range at shortstop has declined and that he is better suited for second base. But Cash, who was with Cabrera that past two seasons in Cleveland, feels Cabrera is still making the plays.

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Rays @ Jays: News on rotation and lineup

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RHP Nathan Karns, who has earned a spot in the rotation, will pitch in a minor league game Tuesday on the Rays off day.

Manager Kevin Cash has not named an Opening Day starter but RHPs Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi will pitch in minor league games on Saturday while Karns returns on short rest to pitch in the big league game that day.

Having Archer miss the game with the Red Sox is not news because teams normally send the starters to minor league games rather than face divisions foes this late in the spring.

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Rays v Twins: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to threw off the mound today for the first time since March 6 when he first felt tightness in his shoulder while throwing a bullpen.

Manager Kevin Cash said Smyly would throw four or five bullpens before he pitches in a game.

Cash said the reports on the right forearm of OF Steven Souza Jr. are good.

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Rays v Jays: Opening day starter(?) and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said this morning that he’s not close to naming a new Opening Day starter now that RHP Alex Cobb is on the shelf with right forearm tendinitis.

While pitching the season-opener is an honor and one that Cobb embraced, Cash said it is more about finding the best matchups during the early part of the season.

“Now it’s time to just kind of line us up for how we can get through those first couple of weeks,” Cash said.

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Rays v Twins: Morning notes and lineups

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PORT CHARLOTTE -- RHP Alex Colome returned to the team this morning after spending seven says in the hospital with pneumonia.

Colome said he lost 10 to 12 pounds and will need a week to regain his strength before he resumes throwing.

RHP Ronald Belisario (fractured left shoulder) was cleared to begin throwing today.

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