Opening Day is Here!
After a long winter of anticipation, baseball is finally returning to Tropicana Field! The Rays will kick off the 2013 season today at 3:10 ET with a sold-out home opener against the Baltimore Orioles.
Lineups for the game are out.
Rays: Jennings CF, Fuld RF, Zobrist 2B, Longoria 3B, Joyce LF, Escobar SS, Loney 1B, Molina C, Johnson DH, Price P
Orioles: Markakis RF, Machado 3B, Jones CF, Wieters C, Davis 1B, Hardy SS, Reimold LF, Pearce DH, Roberts 2B, Hammel SP
The Rays finalized both their 40-man and 25-man roster Sunday. With DH Luke Scott headed to the DL, right-handed power hitter Shelley Duncan was added to the Opening Day roster as his replacement.
Relievers Jamey Wright—who will be in the bullpen Opening Day—and Juan Carlos Oviedo (60-day DL) were added to the 40-man roster as well.
Utility man Stephen Vogt and catcher Robinson Chirinos were both designated for assignment to make room on the roster.
Here's a look at the complete 40-man roster, including player contract statuses and payroll:
Courtesy of RaysIndex.com. All players in white except for Oviedo are on the Opening Day roster.
News from around the league:
- MLB's first slate of regular season games was yesterday. The Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-2 in Yankee Stadium, Bryce Harper homered twice, and Clayton Kershaw had a performance for the ages. Here's a complete scoreboard from Sunday's action.
- The Rangers signed shortstop Elvis Andrus to a huge eight-year extension.