The higher-level teams are home and the lower-level guys are on the road, but both are playing the Phillies. It's the next-to-last minor-league exhibition of the spring for the Rays.
Chuck Tiffany is scheduled to throw two innings today for the first time this spring and is excited about the opportunity, while Wade Townsend has sheared his shaggy blond hair into a neat, military-style cut.
Durham -- Perez, cf; Brignac, ss; Ruggiano, rf; Longoria, 3b; Gimenez, c; Owens, lf; Martinez, 1b; Cottrell, 2b; Andrus, dh.
Montgomery -- Eldridge, cf; Groce, lf; Jaso, dh; Nowak, 3b; Hughes, 1b; Pedroza, rf; Hall, dh; Asanovich, 2b; Spring, c; Walton, ss.
Vero Beach -- Matulia, cf; Suarez, 3b; Ashley, dh; Fields, 1b; Royster, dh; Stewart, lf; Dhaenens, 2b; Brennan, rf; Lopez, c; De La Rosa, ss.
Columbus -- Loyola, cf; Cipriano, 2b; Fronk, lf; McCormick, dh; Vogt, c; Sexton, 3b; Luna, ss; Wrigley, 1b; Jones, rf.
Short-season -- Ross, 2b; Estrada, ss; Sonoqui, 1b; Carroll, 3b; Kang, lf; Novas, rf; Biell, cf; Edwards, dh; Acosta, c; Hauschild, dh.
UPDATE: Major-leaguer Willy Aybar was 1-for-2 with a walk in the Triple-A game and didn't have much reason to test his ailing hamstring. His hit was a no-doubt home run and his other at-bat was an easy double-play grounder.
Also, former Biscuits pitcher Travis Minix, who played last year in Taiwan, is back with the Phillies. He's expecting to go to Double-A Reading.
Higher-level results ...
Jeremy Owens homered twice in the Rays' 13-10 loss to the Phillies in the Triple-A game. Justin Ruggiano also homered and finished with three RBIs, while Chris Mason worked five innings.
In the Double-A game, James Houser was impressive, allowing one hit and an unearned run in five innings in the Rays' 4-3 loss. He walked three and struck out eight. Matt Spring hit a two-run double for the Rays. The Phillies scored three runs in the ninth off Tiffany to win.