February 2013

Rays Lineup for Tuesday vs. Astros

Here’s who the Rays will start Tuesday against the Astros in Port Charlotte:

Zobrist, SS

Roberts, 2B

Longoria, 3B

Anderson, LF

Duncan, 1B

Myers, RF

Cust, DH

Fuld, CF

Lobaton, C

Price, LHP

–Bill Chastain

Rays Lineup for Sunday

Here’s the Rays’ starting lineup for today’s 1:05 contest against the Twins in Fort Myers:

Fuld, CF

Rodriguez, 2B

Vogt, DH

Duncan, 1B

Gimenez, C

Thompson, RF

Bourgeois, LF

Fontenot, 3B

Beckham, SS

Archer, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Rays Lineups for Today

Here are the Rays’ lineups for their split-squad games in Port Charlotte against the Pirates and Fort Myers against the Red Sox:

At Port Charlotte:

Fuld, CF

Escobar, SS

Johnson, 2B

Molina, C

Scott, DH

Loney, 1B

Myers, RF

Gimenez, 3B

Thompson, LF

Hernandez, RHP


At Fort Myers:

Zobrist, RF

Jennings, CF

Joyce, LF

Cust, DH

Roberts, 2B

Rodriguez, 3B

Duncan, 1B

Lobaton, C

Lee, SS

Colome, RHP

–Bill Chastain

Longoria’s Baby Coming

Evan Longoria left Port Charlotte to be with his girlfriend Jaime Edmondson on Wednesday for the birth of their daughter.

According to Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn, the delivery is being induced. No further details were given.

–Bill Chastain

Cust signed

The Rays have signed Jack Cust, 34, to a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League camp.

The 10-year veteran last played in the Major Leagues for the Mariners in 2011. He has a career .242 batting average with 105 home runs and 323 RBIs in 670 Major League games. Cust hits left-handed and has played right field, left field and DH in stints with the A’s, Orioles, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Padres and Mariners.

–Bill Chastain

Rays Fan Fest News

Tickets to Rays Manager Joe Maddon’s traditional Thanksmas meal during Saturday’s Fan Fest are still available.  All proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation.  Those attending this year’s Thanksmas meal will also have a chance to partake in an exclusive question-and-answer session with Hall of Fame baseball writer and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons.

Fans can purchase wristbands for the general autograph lines for $50 which grants the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players. Scheduled autograph times are below and are subject to change.  All proceeds benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Jason Bourgeois
Tim Beckham
Leslie Anderson
Cole Figueroa
Nick Weglarz
Rich Thompson

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Wil Myers
Yunel Escobar
Kelly Johnson
Sean Rodriguez
Shelley Duncan

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Chris Archer
Craig Albernaz
Cesar Ramos
Jake Ordorizzi
Shawn O’Malley
Frank De Los Santos
Josh Lueke
Matt Joyce

1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Evan Longoria
Matt Moore
Jeremy Hellickson
Don Zimmer
Jose Molina

1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Jake McGee
Chris Gimenez
Kyle Farnsworth
Jeff Niemann
Jose Lobaton
Robinson Chirinos
Alex Colome
Mike Montgomery

2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Ben Zobrist
Fernando Rodney
Luke Scott
Desmond Jennings
David Price

3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Mike Fontenot
Matt Buschmann
James Loney
Felipe Rivero
Will Inman
Enney Romero
Alex Torres
Sam Fuld

*Schedule subject to change.

–Bill Chastain