Remaining exhibition games
All games 1:05 unless noted
23: vs. Twins
24: at Yankees
25: vs. Pirates, 7:05
26: at Phillies
27: vs. Jays
28: at Orioles, 7:05
29: at Tigers
30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10
Astro's 'lucky' offering …
David Price had his famous French bulldog Astro running around the Port Charlotte clubhouse Sunday morning. It was all fun and games until Astro took a, um, timeout on C Chris Gimenez's equipment bag, which Price quickly announced was "lucky pee," worthy of at least a double for Gimenez, and took a photo.
… And response
Gimenez said he was hoping there was some luck coming his way, as he had been struggling lately, and was open to a repeat performance if it worked. Alas, it didn't help as Gimenez came on in the ninth and struck out to end Sunday's game. He said he couldn't be mad at Astro. Plus, he said, "You can't tell Astro where he can and can't go — literally."
Quote of the day
"It's hard to believe that anybody passes the opportunity up after experiencing it."
INF/OF Ben Zobrist, on playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic
Number of the day
5 Times the Rays have been no-hit in regular-season play, including three perfect games.
One way to look at it
Manager Joe Maddon found some fun in the lack of offense, noting that he didn't have any opportunity to work with third-base coach Tom Foley, who returned Sunday after missing the past few games due to a family matter. "We had no chance to work on any signs (Sunday)," Maddon said. "We're losing our rhythm."
Who is this Ray?
Was Massachusetts high school player of the year. Graduated from Tulane University with a double major in finance and business law. Was acquired in trade.
Up next: at Tigers
When/where: 1:05 Tuesday; Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland
Tickets: $15-35, available through tigers.com, toll-free 1-866-668-4437 (66-TIGER)
Pitchers: Rays — Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Farnsworth, Dane De La Rosa, Will Inman, J.D. Martin; Tigers — Doug Fister
Today is the third of three off days on the Grapefruit League schedule. The Rays also will be off March 31, then work out at the Trop April 1 and open the season April 2.
Wednesday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 7:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Twins — Mike Pelfrey
Thursday: Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Jays — TBA
Friday: (ss) Orioles, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Orioles — TBA. (ss) at Pirates, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Pirates — TBA
Who is this Ray? RHP Brandon Gomes
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