On second thought
After the Rays were called off the field in the top of the first inning due to heavy rains Saturday afternoon, OF Kevin Kiermaier — who had the lone fielding play of the game on a pop fly — came out of the dugout to help the grounds crew roll the tarp out over the infield. After one good tug and a realization of how heavy the tarp was, Kiermaier humbly left to seek shelter. Kiermaier did, however, provide a public service with weather updates from the clubhouse before the game. "For weather updates on #rays game follow me because i took meteorology in junior college," he tweeted two hours before the first pitch. "Clouds rollin in..low pressure.. Its gon rainnn." Then at 1:16, just minutes after the game was sent to rain delay, he tweeted: "Cloudy with a chance of tsunami type rain..you heard it here first."
Split squad, of sorts
The Rays have a spring training game in Sarasota against the Orioles today but will also have a full lineup in Port Charlotte for a simulated game against starter Drew Smyly. Most of the projected starting hitters will be in Sarasota, but the lineup for Smyly includes OF Desmond Jennings and SS Brad Miller.
The logistics of getting the Rays to Cuba on Monday are complicated enough that Rays hitters in today's simulated game against LHP Drew Smyly will be wearing "white pants and T-shirts," manager Kevin Cash said. The sooner uniforms can be packed and loaded, the easier packing is.
The dish Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 1:05 today, Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota
Tickets: $8-$36, available at orioles.com, toll-free 1-877-222-2803, stadium
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Pitchers: Rays — Jhan Marinez, Kyle McPherson, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Garton, Parker Markel, Mark Sappington; Orioles — Chris Tillman (start), relievers TBA
Monday: Off (in Cuba)
Tuesday: at Cuban National Team, 1:50. Rays — Matt Moore; Cubans — TBA
Wednesday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Erasmo Ramirez; Twins — TBA
Rays tickets: Range from $10-$29, available at raysbaseball.com, toll-free 1-888-326-7297, Charlotte Sports Park or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices $15-$32 on March 12-13.
All games 1:05 unless noted.
24 at Yanks, 6:35
25 vs. Twins
26 at Pirates, 6:05
27 vs. Jays
29 at Jays
30 vs. Red Sox
31 vs. Pirates
1 at Braves, at Tigers