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New Ray Drew Smyly excited to join team

New Rays starter Drew Smyly throws a bullpen session in front of bullpen coach Stan Boroski, center, and pitching coach Jim Hickey.

Associated Press

New Rays starter Drew Smyly throws a bullpen session in front of bullpen coach Stan Boroski, center, and pitching coach Jim Hickey.

ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Drew Smyly had just walked into the Tropicana Field clubhouse for the first time as a Ray when he got an introduction to the club's sometimes quirky ways — a tuxedo fitting in preparation of the team's upcoming formalwear-themed road trip.

"Everyone knows it's an exciting, kind of laid-back place to play," Smyly said Saturday in his first interview with Tampa Bay reporters. "I'm excited to be in that locker room."

The 25-year-old said he had no idea that he might be on the trading block when he left the field after Thursday's start for the Tigers.

When he entered the clubhouse, he saw some text messages on his phone about trade rumors; not long after that, he heard that he was officially headed to the Rays as part of the three-team deal that sent ace David Price to the Tigers.

"Very big shoes — it's David Price …" Smyly said. "The Rays, they made the move. They obviously see something in me. "Like I said, I'm real excited to be playing for them."

Smyly spent the next 48 hours packing and traveling to St. Petersburg. He arrived at Tropicana Field carrying a Tigers bag at about 4 p.m. — just as the Rays were about to take their team photo. He threw before Saturday's game but said his first challenge was to meet all of his teammates and make sure he knows their names.

As if taking Price's spot in the rotation wasn't enough pressure, the Rays gave him even more by assigning him No. 33 — the number he wore in Detroit as well as the one RHP James Shields used to wear here.

"I hope people weren't upset," Smyly said.

MEDICAL MATTERS: OF Wil Myers (wrist) could be a week away from starting his rehab assignment.

Myers took some swings in the batting cage for the second day in a row and is scheduled to take batting practice on the field Monday in Port Charlotte. Barring any setbacks, he'll go to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday to work out with the Bulls and could begin a rehab assignment Saturday.

"Everything feels really good after (Saturday)," Myers said.

C Ryan Hanigan (left oblique) was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored at DH in a rehab game for advanced Class A Charlotte.

MINOR MATTERS: LHP prospect Blake Snell threw a rain-shortened no-hitter in Charlotte's 10-0 win over Daytona. He had nine strikeouts and three walks in 51/3 innings before the game was cut short. … SS Willy Adames — the 18-year-old prospect acquired from the Tigers in the Price trade — went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in his debut for Class A Bowling Green.

BULLPEN BITS: RHP Joel Peralta pitched a perfect seventh inning. He hasn't allowed a baserunner since returning from the DL on Monday. RHP Brad Boxberger gave up two walks but got two strikeouts in his 14th consecutive scoreless appearance.

MISCELLANY: Evan Longoria started at DH for the fourth time this year but moved to third later in the game. Manager Joe Maddon said his knee might have been a little sore after a collision with an umpire Friday. … Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Rays RF Kevin Kiermaier throwing out C.J. Cron at the plate during the ninth inning: "Kiermaier came out of nowhere. It looked like there was nobody around the ball." … With his 3-for-5 night, 1B James Loney extended his on-base streak to 21 games — the third-longest stretch of his career. … 2B Logan Forsythe's solo home run was his fourth this season. All of them have come over the past 21 games. … Today's game will be shown locally on Sun Sports and TBS, which will broadcast it nationally. … LHP Jake McGee and C Curt Casali will sign autographs for children from 12:30-1 p.m.

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