at Tropicana Field
Saturday, March 31 Mets at the plate: Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning on a 1-2 pitch from Rays starter James Shields; the home run was Delgado's first of the spring. Jose Valentin added a solo home run off Shields in the fifth. Rays at the plate: Carl Crawford hit a first-inning triple, and Rocco Baldelli walked to set the table for Ty Wigginton, who homered off Mets right-hander Mike Pelfry. Dioner Navarro doubled home another run in the first to give Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead.
The Mets will travel to St. Louis to open the season against the Cardinals on Sunday night in an 8:05 contest. Left-hander Tom Glavine will start for the Mets; right-hander Chris Carpenter will start for the Cardinals.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less