Rays Spring Training March 15

Monday will be the Rays’ first of two off days this spring, the other will come on March 24. However, Jake Odorizzi will pitch in an intra-squad game that begins Monday morning at 10.

Kevin Jepsen, Ernesto Frieri, Brad Boxberger, Brandon Gomes, and Jeff Beliveau pitched in an intra-squad game at the Charlotte Sports Complex Sunday morning and came away fine.

Grant Balfour is scheduled to throw to hitters on Tuesday and Brandon Guyer (oblique) will be one of the hitters he faces. Hoping to prevent any further irritation of Guyer’s injury, Kevin Cash opted to change Guyer’s plans for the day. Originally he had been scheduled to play against the Phillies in Clearwater.  The Rays manager decided it would be best for Guyer to not take the long bus ride from Port Charlotte.

Allan Dykstra and Juan Francisco hit back to back home runs in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 8-4 win over the Mets at Charlotte Sports Park; Francisco’s was a particularly epic blast.

Cash commended pitchers Matt Andriese and Burch Smith for “competing well” in the three innings each pitched. He also noted that both were “pretty well gassed toward the end” in the sunny 84 degree day.

–Bill Chastain

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