The Atlanta Braves will make the trip to Tropicana Field Thursday for a Grapefruit League matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays. Charlie Morton will make his third appearance of the spring for Atlanta while Tampa will go with lefty Jeffrey Springs.
Morton has been solid through his first two outings allowing just two hits and one run over his first 5 1/3 innings. The Braves will roll out a lineup consisting of mostly reserves Thursday with the exception of Travis d’Arnaud who will catch and hit third. Jordan Luplow was hampered by some oblique soreness early in the spring, but has seen extensive playing time of late. He will play left field Thursday and will hit fifth. Luplow is 3-for-7 with two doubles at the plate over his first three games.
Braves lineups 3/16 at Rays— Kris Willis (@Kris_Willis) March 16, 2023
1. White RF
2. Arcia SS
3. D’Arnaud C
4. Ozuna DH
5. Luplow LF
6. Hilliard CF
7. Casteel 1B
8. Adrianza 3B
9. Sanchez 2B
Charlie Morton RHP
Yandy Diaz will lead off and play first base for the Rays Thursday. Diaz was hit in the hand the last time the Rays faced Atlanta and was forced to leave the game, but x-rays were negative. Brandon Lowe will play second base and will hit second. Charlie Culberson will start Thursday at third base and will hit seventh.
#Rays have split squad today with games at Trop vs. #Braves and at Fort Myers vs. ##MnTwins. Here is lineup vs. #Braves, with Walls making 1st spring appearance: pic.twitter.com/CPHe5pu4YJ— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 16, 2023
No local broadcast again for Thursday’s game, but it will be available to stream via MLB.tv.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, March 16, 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: No local broacast
Radio: WIFN 1340 AM / 103.7 FM