PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays are a month away from Opening Day, but they already know how they'll line up their pitching staff. Manager Kevin Cash announced Wednesday that Alex Cobb will get the ball first for Tampa Bay in recognition of his stellar work the past two seasons.
Cobb will start against the Orioles on April 6, and he'll be followed by Chris Archer and Drew Smyly. Cash said that Jake Odorizzi will start the Rays' first road game -- April 9 against the Marlins in Miami -- and then the team will decide whether to pitch its fifth starter or Cobb for the season's fifth game.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.