The renewal of the Citrus Series is coming early this season. After an off-day on Thursday for both clubs, the Rays and Marlins begin their Interleague series on Friday at Marlins Park.
Dan Haren will make his Miami debut, and the 34-year-old looks to embark on another season of productivity and consistency. The right-hander has a string of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 30 starts and 10 wins.
Tampa Bay has not announced its starter yet. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly, Matt Moore and Alex Colome on the disabled list, the Rays will head into Miami with a four-man rotation. Right-handers Matt Andriese and Erasmo Ramirez are the most likely candidates, but manager Kevin Cash said it could be someone else.
Three things to know about this game
• The Marlins swept all four games against the Rays in 2014, rebounding after they went 0-4 in the Citrus Series in '13. The last time Miami swept the season series was in 2005, going 6-0.
• John Jaso (left wrist contusion) remains a question mark. If he's available to go, the Rays could use him against Haren. He has three home runs, five RBIs and a .300 average in 20 career at-bats against the veteran right-hander.
• Although catcher Jeff Mathis was behind the plate for Miami on Wednesday against Atlanta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still expected to get the majority of the playing time.