Rays Fans Get To See Banda’s Electric Arm
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-4 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland Florida.
Chris Archer started for the Rays and required 41-pitches to get four outs, departing the game after walking Sergio Alcantara with 1-out in the second. “Obviously, I didn’t throw any breaking balls, which I had four or five two-strike counts which I typically would.” said Archer. “I was working on throwing some other things.”
Archer was happy with his crispness and fastball. “That’s the thing, I actually felt better today, but got worse results and that’s spring training.”
The big blow against Archer was a two-run homer off the bat of Nick Castellanos that cut through the wind in left.
Banda On His Debut:
Anthony Banda made his Rays and Grapefruit League debut. He was sharp in an inning of work sitting 95-97 miles per hour on his fastball.
Gomez Signing Official:
The Rays officially announced that Carlos Gomez had been signed to a 1-year/$4MM deal. The contract also includes incentives for $100K for each 80, 90, 100, 110, and 120 games played. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays have designated Ryan Schimpf for assignment.
Gomez, will garner most of the starts in right field. Last year he hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers and 51 RBI with the Texas Rangers.
Schimpf, 29, was acquired from the San Diego Padres on December 12 in exchange for minor league infielder Deion Tansel. He began last season as the Padres starting third baseman and hit .158/.284/.424 (26-for-165) with 14 home runs and 25 RBI in 53 games