Facility Works for Rays
Sunday personified why the Rays love their facility in Port Charlotte.
After Saturday’s rainout in Fort Lauderdale, the pitching was a little backed up — no problem. James Shields, originally slated to start against the Yankees, and Andy Sonnanstine each pitched in Minor League games while David Price made the start against the Yankees.
In addition, Matt Joyce played in a Minor League game before joining the Rays-Yankees game in progress. All of these scenarios were enabled by the Rays’ facility, which houses both the Major and Minor League teams.
Of Note, Joyce had his first at-bat in a Rays spring game. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, he smoked a ball that would have been a grand slam most days, but a driving wind kept the ball in the park.