Dugout Digest – welcome to Rays Day


Well folks, here we are at the second to last day of our season preview series, focusing on the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won the second AL Wild Card in 2013, beating the Texas Rangers in Game 163 to break a tie and advance to Cleveland, where they beat the Indians to advance to the ALDS. There, the Rays were vanquished by the eventual World Champion Red Sox, but it was one hell of a run for Tampa Bay. This year, the Rays are set up as a favorite in the American League – can they overcome the behemoths of the American League?

Yesterday was Yankees Day on TOC, and here’s your recap.
Season preview
Two biggest weaknesses
Three key questions
Four horsemen

Also yesterday, Matt Harvey clashed with the Mets, Vin Scully met a koala, Yasiel Puig flipped a cricket bat, Jimmy Rollins talked about the trade rumors surrounding himself, and Aroldis Chapman was in the middle of a scary incident in Surprise.

Here’s your schedule of televised games and the scheduled pitching matchups.
-Phillies vs Astros (1:05 PM, Manship vs Harrell)
-Cardinals vs Marlins (1:05 PM, Lynn vs Fernandez)
-Blue Jays vs Phillies (1:05 PM, Rogers vs Buchanan)
-Braves vs Mets (1:10 PM, Santana vs Wheeler)
-Angels vs Royals (4:05 PM, Weaver vs Chen)
-Mariners vs Cubs (4:05 PM, Ramirez vs Samardzija)
-Brewers vs Rockies (4:10 PM, Wang vs Nicasio)
-Yankees vs Red Sox (7:05 PM, Phelps vs Buchholz)
-Giants vs Padres (10:05 PM, Bumgarner vs Cashner)

Happy Rays Day, and enjoy Spring Training, everyone.

Joe Lucia

About Joe Lucia

I'm the managing editor of Awful Announcing and the news editor of The Comeback. I also made The Outside Corner a thing for six seasons.