Meet the Rays
The always entertaining Tampa Bay Times Meet the Rays video series is now posted online at tbtim.es/meettherays. Hear from Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier (above), Steven Souza Jr. and Evan Longoria, plus a half-dozen others, and manager Kevin Cash about everything from their favorite shows to binge watch to dream vacation spots to time killers on their phones. Plus, there is a bonus video on just exactly what the other players think of Archer's wild hair.
Quote of the day
"There's something to be said about things that happen organically."
3B Evan Longoria, on the process that led to Logan Forsythe becoming the leadoff hitter
Food for thought
The Rays today will unveil the new food items being served at the Trop.
A look at the 35 players remaining on the spring roster:
Pitchers (18): Matt Andriese, Chris Archer, Andrew Bellatti, Brad Boxberger, David Carpenter, LH Xavier Cedeno, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, LH Dana Eveland, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, LH Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Romero, LH Drew Smyly, Ryan Webb, Chase Whitley
Catchers (3): Curt Casali, Hank Conger, Rene Rivera
Infielders (8): Tim Beckham, Logan Forsythe, James Loney, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce, Richie Shaffer
Outfielders (6): Corey Dickerson, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Mikie Mahtook, Steven Souza Jr.
The dish Rays at Blue Jays (ss)
When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin
Tickets: $18-33, via bluejays.com calling 888-525-5297.
Pitchers: Rays — Matt Andriese, Erasmo Ramirez, Steve Geltz, Enny Romero; Jays — Arnold Leon, Roberto Hernandez, Randy Choate, Brett Cecil, Drew Storen
Most of the front-line players will be in Dunedin today, with 3B Evan Longoria, CF Kevin Kiermaier, 2B Logan Forsythe and LF Desmond Jennings slated to be in the lineup.
Rays spring 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.).
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
End of spring training/start of regular season
Sunday: Season opener vs. Blue Jays, Tropicana Field, 4:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Jays — Marcus Stroman
Monday: vs. Jays, 7:10
Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10
Wednesday: vs. Jays, 1:10.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer