Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash set the starting rotation on Tuesday afternoon. Of note, the Rays will go with a four man rotation for the time being. As of now, Tampa Bay will go with the rotation of Chris Archer, Drew Smyly, Jake Odorizzi and Matt Moore. #rays rotation is Archer, Smyly, Odorizzi, Moore. …
According to the soothsayers at ESPN, Drew Smyly is getting the start in Friday’s series opener against Toronto. While it’s a good assumption, seeing as Smyly would get the start on normal/five days rest, what ESPN lacks is the foreknowledge of whether he’ll be reactivated from the disabled list.
A new batch of “Raymones” shirts arrived Monday — just in time for Opening Day! Want one? They’re currently available at our Big Cartel powered merch store. You can also snag one from Star Booty, conveniently located a short walk from the Trop, on the 600 Block portion of Central Ave.
The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off a 5-0 shutout loss against the Blue Jays Friday, in a game where LHP Erik Bedard was given one last opportunity to prove his worth to the Rays roster and starting rotation. Much akin to his last four Spring Training outings, Bedard did himself not favors by putting together a 5.2 IP/4 ER/8 H/1 BB/4 K/1 HR outing on 94 pitches (63 strikes). Rays manager Joe Maddon said entering the game that Bedard was very much in the thick of the competition for that final starting job, and a final decision is expected Saturday — though now we’re hearing there’s a chance the announcement will be delayed at least until later Saturday.
Back in February I received an interesting email from a fellow blogger. His challenge, if I chose to accept it: answer six simple questions (below) about the state of the Rays going into Spring Training and the 2014 season.