Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

ESPN picks Rays for last in AL East, SI says third

Numbers of the day

80-82, 5th Rays' projected record and AL East finish by ESPN The Magazine.

84-78, 3rd Rays' projected record and AL East finish by Sports Illustrated.

Homeboy

Growing up in nearby Palmetto, minor-league OF Granden Goetzman spent plenty of time as a kid hanging out at Bradenton's McKechnie Field, and he played there the past two seasons with the advanced Class A Stone Crabs. But Saturday Goetzman got to play with the big-league Rays and, even better, he got to start in left. He had his mom, sister and girlfriend in the stands and got a nice ovation from the crowd upon introduction before his first at-bat, an infield single. "This place is always home. … So it's pretty cool," he said. "I wish I had my name on my jersey, but I'll take what I can get."

TV time

Fox Sports Sun is televising today's game, with Todd Kalas joined by Brian Anderson and Emily Austen, who are making their spring debuts. The game telecast will be followed by the debut of the preseason special.

The dish Rays vs. Blue Jays

1:05 today, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

Tickets: See below

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 south to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Pitchers: Rays — David Carpenter, Ryan Webb, Alex Colome, Xavier Cedeno, Danny Farquhar, Andrew Bellatti; Blue Jays — Drew Hutchison, Chad Girodo, Ryan Tepera, David Aardsma

Heads-up

With Matt Moore pitching in a minor-league intrasquad game, the Rays will get work for a half-dozen relievers against the Blue Jays.

On deck

Rays tickets: Range from $10-24, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Jays — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Thursday: vs. Pirates, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Pirates — TBA

Friday: at Braves (Disney), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Braves — TBA; at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Tigers — TBA

Saturday: Off

End of spring training

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Comments
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