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Brad Boxberger got the start for the Rays against the Red Sox on Sunday and retired Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the order.

Boxberger was originally scheduled to work later in the game in what was a bullpen day for the Rays, but he requested the chance to face the top of the lineup. Boxberger has allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings this spring. He'd seem to be the favorite for saves in the Tampa Bay pen while Jake McGee is out. However, it doesn't sound like the Rays will name a closer.
Mar 29 - 5:40 PM

Nate Karns was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Red Sox on Saturday.

Karns picked a pretty good day for his first bad outing of the spring, as he was told yesterday that he made the team. He's expected to be Tampa Bay's No. 3 starter as a result of the injuries to Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly, and he'll be worth trying in AL-only leagues early on.
Mar 28 - 4:43 PM

Drew Smyly (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Sunday.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Smyly could also throw live batting practice during his next throwing session. Smyly will likely open the season on the disabled list, but he's progressing toward a return and should be back sometime in April.
Mar 28 - 4:41 PM

Alex Colome (illness) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

Colome has already been ruled out for the start of the year after pneumonia knocked him down in early March, but it shouldn't be a long-lasting affliction. He's expected back in mid-April.
Mar 28 - 4:38 PM

Rays placed RHP Alex Colome on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with pneumonia.

The 26-year-old hurler spent five days in the hospital earlier in the month while battling the illness and is still working to regain his full strength. He's expected to be ready to join the Rays in mid-April.
Mar 28 - 10:50 AM

Alex Cobb (forearm) has been cleared to begin playing catch on Saturday.

Cobb indicated on Monday that he's pain-free and is anxious to get back on the field. It looks as though he may miss a start to begin the season, but should be ready to join the Rays rotation in mid-April. His price in fantasy drafts has fallen due to the injury news, so he could wind up being a terrific value in the middle rounds.
Mar 28 - 9:02 AM

Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in an inning of work before Friday's game against the Orioles was cut short due to rain.

Montgomery opened camp as a reliever, only to be thrust into the rotation mix because of the Rays' myriad injuries. If the season started tomorrow, either Montgomery or Everett Teaford, who started today and allowed one run in two innings, would be the Rays' fifth starter. Still, our guess is that the Rays will grab a veteran cut by another team to round out their rotation.
Mar 27 - 3:55 PM

Brandon Guyer (ankle) returned to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Guyer missed a few days with a sprained ankle. The outfielder is set to see ample playing time versus southpaws this season.
Mar 27 - 12:10 PM

Evan Longoria hit his second homer Thursday as part of the Rays' 6-5 win over the Yankees.

Longoria is batting .286 this spring, though it comes with a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. Most likely, he'll experience at least a modest resurgence in 2015. Still, we wouldn't pay the price to get him in fantasy leagues. Part of the reason is that the Rays figure to be so poor offensively around him.
Mar 26 - 5:11 PM

Ernesto Frieri struck out all four Yankees he faced during his appearance Thursday.

Frieri has 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings this spring, but true to last year's form, he's also given up a couple of bombs. The Rays will carry him, and most likely, he'll prove to be an asset in relief. However, he shouldn't be a saves candidate while Jake McGee is out.
Mar 26 - 5:09 PM

Rays reassigned RHPs Ronald Belisario, Andrew Bellatti, and Bryce Stowell, and INF Eugenio Velez to minor league camp.

Belisario appeared to have a decent chance to crack the Rays' bullpen when he signed a minor league deal with the club back in late January, but a fractured left (non-throwing) shoulder set him back. He just resumed playing catch last week.
Mar 26 - 4:48 PM

Chris Archer has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter.

Alex Cobb would have been given the nod, but he's been slowed by some forearm tightness and probably won't be ready until mid-to-late April. Archer, 26, posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season for the Rays. Tampa Bay opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Orioles on April 6.
Mar 26 - 12:25 PM

Matt Andriese shut out the Twins for five innings, striking out six, in the Rays' 2-1 win Wednesday.

Andriese appears set to open up as the Rays' fourth starter, though the hope will be that both Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly make it back soon and potentially knock him out of the rotation. We wouldn't trust him as an AL-only starter right away.
Mar 25 - 5:32 PM

Steven Souza went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday, dropping his average to .121.

Souza, bothered by a sore right forearm in recent days, is just 4-for-33 this spring. He's fanned 11 times and walked just once. Since March 7, he has two hits, both of them homers. If this keeps up, the Rays will have to weigh sending Souza down to begin the year. Such a move would open up playing time for David DeJesus, a player the team would still like to trade.
Mar 25 - 5:29 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Wednesday that Logan Forstyhe will get the majority of the playing time at second base to begin the season.

Forsythe is the obvious choice now that Nick Franklin (oblique) is expected to miss the start of the season. The 28-year-old batted just .223/.287/.329 with six homers and 26 RBI in 110 games last season, but he could have some sneaky AL-only value in the early going.
Mar 25 - 11:51 AM

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