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Lucas Duda opts out; Twins make additional cuts

Plus a confirmed injury that may sideline a bullpen arm to start the season During today’s Grapefruit League game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Minnesota Twins announced another round of roster cuts along with another player exercising his opt-out clause, according to Dan Hayes with The Athletic (Twitter links). First baseman/outfielder Lucas Duda, one of the many non-roster invitees in Twins camp this spring, exercised his opt-out option today as the Twins informed him that he will not be making the Opening Day roster. In 13 games this spring, Duda hit .258/.395/.355, 3 2B, 7 BB....

Tampa Bay Times

Blake Snell's final spring start moved to back fields, meaning he will have thrown just three Grapefruit League innings

TAMPA -- Rays ace Blake Snell is now slated to make his final spring training tuneup in a minor-league game on Friday instead of facing the Pirates in a major league game as had been originally planned.That means that the reigning AL Cy Young award winner will enter his Opening Day


View from the Catwalk: Charlie Morton is ready

Another excellent performance as the biggest free agent acquisition in franchise history ready for the season On Monday afternoon, the rain stayed away long enough for Charlie Morton to deliver an excellent performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morton pitched into the 6th inning, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in the game. Overall, he racked up four strikeouts, allowing two runs on four hits, while he walked walked two batters. “I feel good,” Morton said. “I think my stuff is pretty good right now.” Charlie Morton on the 2019 #Rays: “When people ask me if I see...

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Rays Monday: 1:05, vs. Pirates in Port Charlotte

The Rays are back in Port Charlotte today, as they'll send their new starter, Charlie Morton, to the mound against his former Pirates teammates.Morton spent 2009-15 with Pittsburgh, compiling a 41-62, 4.39 record. He was traded to the Phillies for the 2016 season, but made

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Red Sox Lineups: Split Squaddin’ on St. Paddy’s Day

The Red Sox take on the Rays and the Pirates on Sunday The Red Sox have two games on Sunday, as part of the roster will travel to take on the Pirates in Bradenton while the rest will stick in Fort Myers to play the Rays. On the home side, David Price will be on the mound. He was solid in his first spring outing, and now he’ll look to take another step forward and follow in Chris Sale’s footsteps from Saturday. Marcus Walden starts the other games, with a somewhat even split among position players for each game. Here are the full lineups: If you are interested in watching the road...

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Red Sox split the split-squad games

But there was a pregame scratch and a midgame injury. The Red Sox celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by playing a pair of baseball games, with half the squad traveling to Bradenton to take on the Pirates and the rest sticking in Fort Myers to host the Rays. The traveling squad had a rough game, falling 8-1 to Pittsburgh with rough showings all around. Meanwhile, the home side were down for much of this game, but a late rally put them ahead and they held on for the win. There were a few notable performances, both good and bad, between the two games, but the biggest news came before the game then...

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Rays Saturday: 1:05, vs. Twins in Port Charlotte

Coming off a win over the Tigers and a tie with the Pirates in Friday's split-squad day-night affair, the Rays host the Twins today in their fifth and final meeting of the spring.Yonny Chirinos will start and Ryan Yarbrough will follow as the Rays get work for two of their

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Ex-Pirate Austin Meadows has memorable return to old spring home

BRADENTON -- Austin Meadows spent years of three spring training with the Pirates, so naturally returning to LECOM Park as an opposing player for the first time in the Rays' road split-squad game Friday night meant something to him. "It was fun to see everyone and kind of

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Rays Friday: vs. Tigers, 1:05 in Port Charlotte; at Pirates, 6:05 in Bradenton

The Rays will have a long Friday, with day-night split-squad games, hosting the Tigers at 1:05 in Port Charlotte and visiting the Pirates at 6:05 in Bradenton.Ryne Stanek, the primary opener last season, will be on the mound for the home game, with Joey Wendle getting a start at


Spring Training Game Thread 3/14: Split Squad Edition

Split ‘um up, send ‘um out. The Phillies are breaking the roster in half to take on two enemies at once: the Pirates in Bradenton and the Rays in Port Charlotte. Two away games?! Is that allowed?!? The answer is, apparently, yes. In conclusion, go Phillies.

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Jordan Lyles Dealing with Injury?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have an open competition for their fifth starter spot in their rotation.  However, one candidate may be dealing with an injury. During this past offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates trade pitcher Ivan Nova to the Chicago White Sox.  Nova was projected to be the Bucs’ fifth starter for the 2019 season before being dealt […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Jordan Lyles Dealing with Injury? - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Injury Update on Gregory Polanco

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be entering the 2019 season without their everyday right fielder.  However, he may be coming back sooner rather than later. Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates saw Gregory Polanco take a big stride forward.  After a rough, slow start to the season, the coaching staff had Polanco back off the plate.  By […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Injury Update on Gregory Polanco - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Chris Archer ready for full season in NL

  Chris Archer is ready to show the National League and the Pittsburgh Pirates what he can do over a full year After being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Pittsburgh Pirates last July for Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later who would become pitching prospect Shane Baz, […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Chris Archer ready for full season in NL - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tampa Bay Times

Rays journal: Why Kevin Cash was yelling at the Pirates

BRADENTON - In most spring games it's only the weather that gets people heated up.But Sunday's 10-4 Tampa Bay win featured some hot tempers after Willy Adames was hit by a pitch in what the Rays felt was retaliation for two Pirates being hit earlier.Rays

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Rays Sunday: 1:05 p.m. at Pirates, in Bradenton

The Rays are in Bradenton today to take on the Pirates.Ryne Stanek, who became the primary opener last season, will be on the mound to begin the game in his first such assignment of this spring.With the team off Monday, most of the regulars are scheduled to play.Here

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall Hurt

The Pittsburgh Pirates needed to sign a new outfielder this offseason.  However, the outfielder they signed has gone down with an injury. Last year, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco seemed to be figuring things out at the plate.  He backed off the plate and found much more success during the final two-thirds of the season.  However, […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall Hurt - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Are Chris Archer and Rick Kriseman in a Twitter beef?

Former Rays pitcher Chris Archer and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman are in something of a Twitter beef.It all started with comments Archer, now with the Pirates, made to Spectrum Sports about there not being enough fans in the St. Petersburg area to support the team and his

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Rays OF Austin Meadows can hit, but improving defense key to meeting five-tool tag

PORT CHARLOTTE - The stage is set this spring for Austin Meadows to graduate from heralded prospect to full-time big-leaguer.The path for Meadows, the 23-year-old former first-rounder acquired from the Pirates as part of the Chris Archer trade at last year's trade