The Tampa Bay Rays will play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Port Charlotte on Monday.
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Looking to get back on track after a handful of command challenged outings, Blake Snell will get the start opposite Jameson Taillon. The southpaw has yet to pitch beyond three innings over his first four outings; he walked five in 2-2/3 innings his last appearance against the Orioles. Shawn Tolleson, David Carpenter, Neil Wagner, Diego Moreno and Xavier Cedeno are scheduled to take the mound after Snell.
Evan Longoria is back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s ball game with a stiff neck. Colby Rasmus will make his second straight appearance at DH.
Rays 3/20/17 Starting Lineup
— Jake Odorizzi will get a start against the Orioles’ minor leaguers on the back fields this afternoon; he is expected to work into the fifth inning. Matt Andriese will pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday, while Tommy Hunter will do the same on Wednesday.
— Alex Colome returned from the World Baseball Classic late last night, and the recently acquired Jumbo Diaz will arrive tonight.
— Rays manager Kevin Cash says Brad Boxberger, who struggled with an oblique injury in 2016, isn’t improving from a lat injury as quickly as he or the team had anticipated, and that he’s unlikely to be ready for Opening Day.
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