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Rays Look To Honeywell, Wacha To Sweep Yankees

Brent Honeywell's jersey hanging in his locker before his MLB debut
Brent Honeywell's Rays jersey hangs in his locker prior to his MLB debut. Honeywell has not pitched in a regular season game since September 3, 2017 (photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays)

The Tampa Bay Rays can finish off a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees Sunday with a win in the finale of the weekend set.  Right-hander Brent Honeywell will make his Major League debut, followed by Michael Wacha (0-1, 7.20 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz 1B

Arozarena RF

Meadows DH

Margot CF

Brosseau 2B

Lowe LF

Adames SS

Zunino C

Padlo 3B


Yankees Starting Lineup

LeMahieu 1B

Judge RF

Hicks CF

Stanton DH

Torres SS

Odor 2B

Sanchez C

Urshela 3B

Gardner LF

Honeywell May Work Multiple Innings

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday morning that Honeywell, who was slated to work multiple innings in a simulated game at the team’s alternate training site, may do the same this afternoon against the Yankees.

“We’ll manage the game accordingly,” Cash said.  “We’ll be very aware of the pitch counts, but there isn’t a one inning limit on him.”

Honeywell hasn’t pitched in a regular season game since September 3, 2017, when he faced Gwinnett as a member of the Durham Bulls.  His father, Brent Honeywell Sr., who pitched for three seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, will be at Tropicana Field to watch his son make his big league debut.

Written By

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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