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.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- David Ortiz makes his farewell appearance this afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park when the BoSox travel up I-75 to play the Rays.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- RHP Erasmo Ramirez will begin he season in the bullpen as the Rays open the year with a four-man rotation.
In this week’s edition of the Rays Bonus Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Roger Mooney discuss the team’s historic trip to Cuba, how Brad Boxbeger’s injury will impact the bullpen and give spring training superlatives.
HAVANA, Cuba -- Rays pitcher Steve Geltz, who hopes to pitch in this afternoon’s game against the Cuban national team, is already making fans with the local fans.
On Sunday the Rays arrived in Cuba, where they’ll play a friendly exhibition Tuesday, against the Cuban national team at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano.
HAVANA, Cuba -- Standing outside the Melia Cohiba hotel earlier this afternoon, wearing sun glasses, shorts and a wide smile, was Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- Manager Kevin Cash announced this morning the team will be without closer Brad Boxberger for at least the first month of the season after the pitcher had surgery Thursday to repair a torn abdominal abductor muscle.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Rays made their first round of cuts today.
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Rays manager Kevin Cash announced the obvious this morning: Chris Archer will start April 3 against the visiting Blue Jays on Opening Day.
BRADENTON -- The Rays signed RHP David Carpenter to a minor league contract with an invite to camp. He reported to the team today.