March 2010

Rays Announce Three More Acts

Three additional acts of the Rays Summer Concert Series, Presented by Hess Express, were announced Wednesday:

Train, Adam Lambert with Orianthi, Dierks Bentley will perform postgame concerts at Tropicana Field

Eight of the 10 acts in the Summer Concert Series have been announced so far:

John Fogerty    April 24 vs. Toronto Blue Jays    6:10 p.m.

ZZ Top    May 1 vs. Kansas City Royals    6:10 p.m.

Nelly    May 15 vs. Seattle Mariners    4:10 p.m.

Daryl Hall and John Oates    May 29 vs. Chicago White Sox    7:10 p.m.

The Go-Go’s    July 10 vs. Cleveland Indians    7:10 p.m.

Train    Aug. 14 vs. Baltimore Orioles    4:10 p.m.

Adam Lambert with Orianthi    Sept. 18 vs. Los Angeles Angels    6:10 p.m.

Dierks Bentley    Sept. 25 vs. Seattle Mariners    7:10 p.m.

–Bill Chastain

Colina and Dillon Reassigned

Alvin Colina and Joe Dillon were reassigned to Minor League camp Wednesday morning, which leaves the team with 30 players left in camp.

–Bill Chastain

Rollins Re-Assigned

Heath Rollins has been re-assigned to Minor League camp.

The move made following Tuesday afternoon’s 8-8 tie with the Red Sox leaves two contenders for the final relief spot: Joaquin Benoit and Mike Ekstrom.

–Bill Chastain

Three, Four, Five

Little suspense greeted Maddon’s final announcement of the team’s rotation to begin the season since it went down the way it ended at the end of the 2009 season.

Jeff Niemann will start the third game of the season against the Orioles, David Price will start the fourth game against the Yankees and Wade Davis will pitch the fifth game against the Yankees.

–Bill Chastain

Soriano Not Concerned

Soriano had what appeared to be a disastrous outing in the third, but the Rays new closer did not seem fazed about giving up four runs on three hits, including a two run homer to Anthony Rizzo.

Soriano told reporters he was experimenting with a few things and there was no reason to panic. He is supposed to go back-to-back for the first time this spring on Wednesday when he’ll pitch in a Minor League game.

–Bill Chastain

Today’s Lineup

Here’s today’s lineup for the Rays:

Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, 2B
Pena, 1B
Upton, DH
Aybar, 3B
Burrell, RF
Navarro, C
Kapler, CF
Benoit, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Berm Seats Still Available

According to the Rays, there are several hundred berm tickets still available for Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays contest at Charlotte Sports Park.

–Bill Chastain

Garza Good Among Other Things

A lot of good things happened for the Rays Sunday afternoon during an 8-2 win over the Pirates. Zobrist, Rodriguez and Crawford accounted for eight hits, Pena had his second home run of the spring — and he wasn’t hurt after fouling one off his right foot — but most of all Sunday proved to be another showcase for Garza.

The Rays right-hander has had a superlative spring. He went seven on Sunday, pounding the fastball throughout the game and generally looking in total command. Garza said the outing was good, but left him with something to work on: He felt he could have done a better job of getting ahead of the hitters.

Garza appears headed for a terrific season. I still can’t get over the fact he’s walked just four hitters all spring.

–Bill Chastain

Upton Looking Like Six

Joe Maddon said the order looks fairly set from one through five — though Zobrist and Longoria could flip flop between three and five, but he noted that Upton seems to be trending upward.

Earlier in the spring the Rays manager stated that Upton would likely hit seventh, now he says that Upton is trending to the sixth spot, which would push Burrell to seven.

–Bill Chastain

Today’s Rays Lineup

Here’s who the Rays will start today against the Pirates in Port Charlotte:

Bartlett, SS
Crawford, LF
Zobrist, 2B
Pena, 1B
Burrell, DH
Blalock, 3B
Kapler, LF
Rodriguez, CF
Colina, C
Garza, RHP