Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rays open new park

Let's play ball!

The Rays are about to play their first game at Charlotte Sports Park, which was known as Charlotte County Stadium when the Rangers trained here from 1987 to 2002.

The grounds crew is watering the infield and those throwing out the first pitches are receiving their instructions.

The B-52s are singing about a love shack, not live, though.

Rays owner Stu Sternberg is talking with former Ray Jonny Gomes, a non-roster invitee to the Reds camp.

Here are the lineups:

Willy Taveras CF
Jerry Hairston SS
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce rF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Chris Dickerson LF
Ramon Hernandez C
Jacque Jones DH
Edison Volquez P

Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Pat Burrell DH
Willy Aybar 1B
Dioner Navarro C
Ben Zobrist 2B
Gabe Gross RF
Fernando Perez CF
Carlos Hernandez P

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