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Tampa Bay Rays weekly preview: Just keep swimming

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HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 13: Pitcher Vidal Nuno #38 of the Tampa Bay Rays is withdrawn by Manager Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins in the top of 8th inning the game four between Japan and MLB All Stars at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima on November 13, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 13: Pitcher Vidal Nuno #38 of the Tampa Bay Rays is withdrawn by Manager Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins in the top of 8th inning the game four between Japan and MLB All Stars at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima on November 13, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Rays keep swimming closer and closer to opening day here is another edition of the weekly preview!

The Tampa Bay Rays play more spring training games this week! Isn’t that awesome?! Playing more games that don’t count?!

However, meaningful baseball is BACK.

The Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s kick off the season in the Tokyo Dome this week! For the early risers out there who have to get up early for work every morning, or if you are like me and are waking up on your own free will during spring break to indulge yourself in baseball, the two game series kicks off on Wednesday, March 20th.

The A’s and Mariners first pitch will be at 5:35 AM EST on Wednesday, and the same start time for Thursday.

If meaningless games are more your thing, the Rays play plenty of them this week!

Starting at 1:05 EST Monday, The Rays and Pirates face off with Charlie Morton set to get the start.

At 12:05 EST Tuesday, Tampa Bay takes on the New York Yankees with no probable starters announced yet but the game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Sun.

Following an off day Wednesday, the Rays return to the diamond on Thursday with a split squad game against the Braves and Red Sox. The Red Sox game will start at 6:05 and be shown on NESN, while the Braves tilt will start at 1:05 and be a radio only game.

Friday the Rays take on the Pirates at 1:05 on Fox Sports Sun, Saturday, the team plays the Tigers at 1:05 for a radio only broadcast

The week concludes on Sunday with a 4:05 game against the Braves that will only be broadcast via the radio airwaves.

Bare with us, baseball season is near. Following the aforementioned Braves contest, there are only TWO Spring Training clashes remaining.

Next. Lowe slugging his way onto the roster. dark

Look out this week for the Tampa Bay Rays to get very close to setting their 25 man roster. The Rays sit at 40 men right now.

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