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Quote of the day
"I guess I'll need to have Papito (clubhouse manager Jose Fernandez) get me a nice whip."
Manager Joe Maddon, joking about cracking the whip to have a winning spring record
Who is this Ray?
Was 2005 Rhode Island high school player of the year at Rocco Baldelli's Bishop Hendricken High. Played at College of Charleston and then Florida Atlantic. Made big-league debut for Cubs.
Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. TV/radio: None
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-29, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10.
Pitchers: Rays — LH Erik Bedard, LH Cesar Ramos, RH Heath Bell, RH Brandon Gomes, RH Josh Lueke, RH Jake Odorizzi, RH Nathan Karns, LH C.J. Riefenhauser, RH Kirby Yates; Orioles — RH Chris Tillman, LH Zach Britton, relievers TBA
This will be the first look at RHP Nathan Karns, for whom the Rays traded three players — C Jose Lobaton, prospects Felipe Rivero and Drew Vettleson — to Washington.
Saturday: at Pirates, Bradenton, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Pirates — Jeanmar Gomez
Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Twins — TBA
Monday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Phillies — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted.
4 at Red Sox
6 at Orioles
7 at Blue Jays
9 at Yankees
10 at Red Sox
12 at Blue Jays
14 at Braves
15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates
16 Red Sox
18 at Twins, 7:05
19 at Orioles
20 Twins, 7:05
21 Blue Jays
23 at Red Sox
24 at Twins
25 Red Sox
26 Orioles 7:05
27 at Orioles, 7:05
28 at Tigers
29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05
Who is this Ray: LHP Jeff Beliveau
Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.
A day at the links
• Thursday was the team's annual charity golf tournament at the Ritz Carlton Members Club in Bradenton. That meant LHP Jake McGee and the guys from Advantica put on a show, sporting Run DMC-inspired track suits, a big change from last year when they wore kilts.
• McGee's group tied for the lead, but David Price's group, which included several team owners, was declared the winner based on a better back nine.
• RHP Chris Archer passed on playing, not quite admitting he was a bad golfer but saying, "I feel like I can bring more to the table if I'm just communicating and talking to the sponsors as opposed to playing with them."