For starters, Rays vs. A's
Updated 5:47 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon had a surprise for the Rays today, having a DJ set up and spin in the clubhouse before the game.
Maddon, calling it "Day Rave One," said it was an effort to give his players a boost and keep them loose and "chill out." The DJ was the Rays in-game performer, DJ Fresh. It seemed to work, as several Rays enjoyed the music, with a few singing a long.
"I think it's funny," CF Desmond Jennings said, smiling. "But it doesn't surprise me."
Said OF Matt Joyce: "It's awesome."
And get ready, Maddon said he'll have another pre-game surprise for tommorrow.
Updated 5:35 p.m. The Rays lineup has a lot of righties against A's RHP Jarrod Parker, whom manager Joe Maddon said is more of a neutral pitcher.
Developing: The Rays are hoping to build some momentum off last night's 8-3 win over the A's, and will face the American League West leaders again tonight at Tropicana Field.
Though Tampa Bay (6-10) is off to a tough start, Evan Longoria and Jose Molina emphasized in a brief players-only meeting Friday afternoon that they just need to stay patient, and continue to work.
The Rays could use a good start from righthander Jeremy Hellickson, who is coming off a nine-strikeout performance in his last outing.
The eight runs Tampa Bay scored last night matched the season-high. With the A's throwing a righthander in Jarrod Parker, expect 1B James Loney to be back in the lineup.
A cool side story from the A's side, their bullpen coach, Darren Bush, is a former Dunedin High standout who is in his first season as a big-league coach after several successful seasons in the minors.
Lineups, and more, to come.