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First Camp Cuts Come Before Game With Red Sox

(photo: Josh Grant for St. Pete Nine)

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to end what has become a five-game Grapefruit League losing skid Monday, when the Boston Red Sox come to Charlotte Sports Park.  Joe Ryan will get the start, taking on Nick Pivetta.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.

Rays Starting Lineup

Arozarena DH

B. Lowe LF

Diaz 3B

Meadows RF

Tsutsugo 1B

Wendle 2B

Kiermaier CF

Zunino C

Adames SS


Red Sox Starting Lineup

Arroyo SS

Verdugo CF

Martinez LF

Renfroe RF

Chavis 1B

Dalbec 3B

Plawecki C

Casas DH

Arauz 2B

Wander Franco, who was among the first Rays players cuts Tuesday

Top MLB prospect Wander Franco was among the first Rays players reassigned to minor-league camp on Tuesday. (photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays)

Rays Make First Camp Cuts

Manager Kevin Cash announced Monday that the first cuts to the team’s Spring Training roster were made prior to the game.  The cuts include two of the Rays’ top prospects in shortstop Wander Franco and pitcher Shane Baz, who were both reassigned to minor-league camp.

“Innings are becoming a little thinner now because we’ve got to get guys stretched out,” Cash said.  “Our position player core group is going to start playing deeper into ballgames.”

Also being reassigned to minor league camp were pitchers Phoenix Sanders and Tyler Zombro, catcher Blake Hunt, infielders Xavier Edwards and Greg Jones, and outfielders Moises Gomez and Garrett Whitley.

Phillips To Have MRI On Hamstring

Outfielder Brett Phillips is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left leg after tweaking his left hamstring scoring on Kevan Smith’s base hit Sunday against Atlanta.

“I don’t think he was too much point-tender,” Cash said.  “But still, it was sore.  [It’s] something that we need to make sure and check out.”

The MRI will allow the team to determine how much time Phillips could miss.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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