The Rays to wear “fauxback” uniforms on Sunday

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The Rays have done this before — i.e. wearing “throwback” jerseys to a time when the team did not exist — but I feel like they’re doing it slightly better this time. Here’s the look they’ll sport on Sunday:

The Rays started this in 2012, but with a different color scheme. They wore these as recently as June:

The new ones are just the road variation, I suppose. But they’re a bit better simply because they’re a tad less of a direct Padres ripoff. Still not great, but when your team has as little history as the Rays do, you gotta try things.

A’s prospect Jesus Luzardo shut down with a shoulder strain

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Not a great couple of day for the Oakland A’s. A few moments ago they just dropped their second of two games against the Mariners to start the season and now they have bad news about their top pitching prospect, Jesus Luzardo. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Luzardo will be shut down for 4-6 weeks with a strained muscle in his shoulder.

Luzardo was considered a candidate to open the season in the Oakland rotation but now it seems he won’t begin throwing again until late April or early May. Thus endeth a spring training in which he has allowed only one run in nine and two-thirds innings while striking out 15 and walking four.