at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Saturday, March 17 Indians at the plate: Trot Nixon got his first extra-base hit of the spring when he doubled off Casey Fossum in his first at-bat. Jason Michaels hit a two-run homer in the fourth off right-hander Gary Glover. Rays at the plate: Akinori Iwamura had a triple and scored on Shawn Riggans' single in the fourth, and also grounded out in the sixth to drive home the Rays' second run. Jonny Gomes hit a double to the 380-foot mark in left field.
Meanwhile, left-hander J.P. Howell will start against the Tigers in a 1:05 p.m. contest at Joker Marchant Stadium; left-hander Nate Robinson will start for the Tigers. Howell is one of four pitchers competing for the Rays' No. 5 starter slot. Right-handers Edwin Jackson and Jae Kuk Ryu, who are also competing for the spot, will also pitch Sunday. Jackson will follow Howell in Lakeland; Ryu is slated to pitch in Clearwater.
The Indians host the Dodgers Sunday afternoon in a 1:05 p.m. contest at Chain of Lakes Park. Left-hander C.C. Sabathia will start for the Indians; right-hander Derek Lowe will start for the Dodgers.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.