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.
ST. PETERSBURG -- 1B James Loney was scratched from tonight’s lineup after tweaking his right side during batting practice.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Nathan Karns makes his season debut tonight against the Orioles as the Rays try to win their first game of the season.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Welcome to Opening Day!
ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Kevin Cash announced the lineup for Opening Day on Monday against the visiting Orioles.
Bobby Wilson has made the Opening Day lineup as the backup catcher, beating out rookie Curt Casali, who played in 30 games for the Rays last season.
LAKELAND -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said he will announce the Opening Day roster after today’s game with the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays released INF, Alexi Casilla, who was a six-year minor league free agent and due $100,000 if he was still on the roster today.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- Manager Kevin Cash still won’t name the order in which Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns will pitch during the season-opening series against the Orioles. Cash also won’t name the fourth starter.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday and Saturday. After that he should be ready to begin his minor league rehab assignment.
FORT MYERS -- LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen this morning and said his next step is to face live hitters.