Sunday, November 19, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Notebook: Rays to open spring schedule against Orioles

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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.

The dish

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

Heads up

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.

On deck

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

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted.

March

4 at Red Sox

5 Yankees

6 at Orioles

7 at Blue Jays

8 Pirates

9 at Yankees

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates

16 Red Sox

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

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."

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