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Saturday, Feb 13, 2016

Rays Report

A baseball blog by Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

Change in heart in Hall of Fame vote

This is my 2016 baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Alan Trammell.

If you have followed my voting over the past years you will notice the addition of three new names.

Ken Griffey Jr., a first-timer on the ballot, is a no-brainer. I think he’s among the best to play the game.

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Rays announce 2016 spring training schedule, reporting dates

The Tampa Bay Rays open the 2016 Grapefruit League season March 2 against the visiting Washington Nationals at Charlotte Sports Park. The 15-game home schedule concludes March 31 against visiting Pittsburgh.

The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 21. The first full squad workout is Feb. 26.

The scheduled released Friday does not include any games in Cuba. The Rays were picked by Major League Baseball to play two spring training games in Cuba and are awaiting government approval. The games will take place during the final week of March.

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Rays-Blue Jays season opener moves to Sunday for ESPN

ST. PETERSBURG — Opening Day for the Tampa Bay Rays is now one day earlier after ESPN tabbed the Rays-Toronto Blue Jays game at Tropicana Field as one of seven to be televised nationally.

The Rays and Jays will begin the 2016 season Sun., April 3, at 4:05 p.m. on ESPN2. They had been scheduled to open the season April 4.

As a result, the four-game series will run Sunday through Wednesday with the Rays having their first off day of the season April 7.

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