Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Price's dog Astro rains 'luck' on Rays' Gimenez

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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.

The dish

Today: Off

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

Heads-up

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.

On deck

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

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

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