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1:05 pm EST
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PIT
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1:05 pm EST
Sun Feb 26
BOS
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1:05 pm EST
Mon Feb 27
at PHI
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1:05 pm EST
Tue Feb 28
MIN
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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 1
PHI
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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 2
at BOS
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 3
DET
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 4
BAL
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1:07 pm EST
Sun Mar 5
at TOR
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1:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 7
at NYY
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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 9
PIT

Standings

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Overall
W-L
Tampa Bay1-01-0
New York0-01-0
Baltimore1-01-0
Toronto0-00-0
Boston0-00-1
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Rays' Ryne Stanek: Fires serious heat in Grapefruit League opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stanek, who surrendered one infield hit and one walk over one inning in Friday's 3-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Twins, opened eyes with his velocity, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Ryne Stanek, obviously, with the big fastball was impressive,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You can't overlook the velocity, it's pretty impressive.''

The 25-year-old righty generated an unsightly 4-10 record and 4.30 ERA over 102.2 innings between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham last season, but also rang up 113 whiffs courtesy of his big league arm. Stanek lit up the radar gun Friday, hitting 99 mph twice and 98 mph on nine other pitches. He was at 97 mph or above for 16 offerings overall, and threw in four sliders between 90 and 93 mph for good measure. With that level of stuff, Stanek stands a chance to at least make a case for a call-up later in the season with a solid spring.

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Rays' Brad Miller: No trouble in first game at second base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Miller, who went 0-for-3 in Friday's 3-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Twins, handled back-to-back chances at second base cleanly, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The slugging infielder and the Rays were content with Miller's deubt effort at second in live action this spring, which drew praise from manager Kevin Cash following the game. Assuming the 27-year-old locks down his new position as expected, the team will be able to deploy Matt Duffy in the shortstop role that he's comfortable in. Miller is expected to see plenty of reps at the keystone this spring in preparation for the regular season.

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Rays' Tim Beckham: Rips pair of extra-base hits in Grapefruit League opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Beckham, who started at shortstop in Friday's 3-1 Grapefruit League opening victory versus the Twins, went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and run scored.

Beckham opened the game with a hard-hit two-bagger to center and followed it up with a triple to right-center in his next at-bat. It was a superb start for the utilty man extraordinaire, who is expected to add outfield to his expansive defensive resume during Grapefruit League play. His opening performance earned him rave reviews from manager Kevin Cash, who lauded Beckham for his aggressiveness at the plate and commented that "he looked awesome".

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Rays' Jose Alvarado: To pitch for Venezuela in WBC
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Alvarado will join Team Venezuela in the WBC, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Assuming Alvarado ends up actually getting some innings on the mound, the WBC should be a great opportunity for the Tampa Bay prospect to get some valuable experience against big-league competition. The 21-year-old right-hander has shown potential as a hard thrower, but will likely begin this season in the minors as he continues to develop and refine his skill set.

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Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Renewed focus on offense for 2017
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Kiermaier, whose stellar defense has already earned him one Platinum Glove and two Gold Glove awards in his first three big league campaigns, is focused on becoming a more consistent offensive player this season, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "I've got to find consistency," Kiermaier said. "I've had some really bad stretches, and some really good stretches. When I can balance that out -- and I've had times when I've done that. Moving up to the 2-hole last year I think was the most consistent I've been in my Major League career since I came up in 2014."

Kiermaier owns a respectable .258/.313/.425 line with 61 doubles, 22 triples, 32 homers and 112 RBI over his major league career, along with 44 stolen bases in 56 attempts. However, after topping out at a .263 average in both 2014 and 2015, Kiermaier is seeking to take things to the next level at the plate and maximize one of his best attributes -- speed. The 27-year-old is prioritizing the improvement of his OBP by any means necessary this coming season, emphasizing that he'll look to draw more walks, work deeper into counts, and up his overall aggression at the plate. He's also on record as stating that he'll definitely look to do a lot more bunting in 2017, which would serve as another avenue for the fleet Kiermaier to get on base.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGEvan Longoria , 3B.273
HREvan Longoria , 3B36
RBIEvan Longoria , 3B98
OBPLogan Forsythe , 2B.333
SLGEvan Longoria , 3B.521
REvan Longoria , 3B81
SBKevin Kiermaier , CF21
WJake Odorizzi , SP10
ERAJake Odorizzi , SP3.69
WHIPJake Odorizzi , SP1.19
KChris Archer , SP233
SVAlex Colome , RP37

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