Rays Open Home Spring Schedule Against Pirates

PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- After deffeating the Minnesota Twins to open the spring schedule Friday night, The Tampa Bay Rays will open the home portion of their Grapefruit League Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  David Carpenter gets the start against Josh Lindblom.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 12:30 with Countdown to Opening Day.

Rays Starting Lineup

Dickerson DH

Kiermaier CF

Weeks 1B

Bauers LF

Franklin 2B

Casali C

Adames SS

Leonard 3B

Peterson RF

Pirates Starting Lineup

Harrison 2B

Mercer SS

Jaso 1B

Wood DH

Terdoslavich RF

Osuna LF

Gosselin 3B

Meadows CF

Stallings C

GATES OPEN EARLY, WITH EXTRA SECURITY: The gates at Charlotte Sports Park will open at 11:00 today as the team is holding a Fan Fest, with activites and player autographs.  Because of added security measures, including metal detectors and wanding stations, the team recommends arriving early to avoid the long lines.

NEW SPRING HAT DEBUTS: The team will also use Saturday's home opener to debut their latest spring hat.  The hat is available for purchase wherever you buy your MLB gear, including the Rays team stores at Tropicana Field and in downtown Tampa, along with the team store at Charlotte Sports Park.

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