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Rays: A hard hitter; media training; power all around

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) during the first official workout for pitchers and catchers at the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training facility at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times


Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) during the first official workout for pitchers and catchers at the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training facility at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Quote of the day

"It's like one a day. It's like a vitamin."

­­— Manager Kevin Cash, on non-roster OF Jaff Decker's proclivity to hit the ball hard every game he gets in to.

Media savvy

The Rays clubhouse was closed to the media for an hour Friday so the players could go through their annual spring media training session. For, at least some, there was a clear message. "Don't be a jerk," RHP Steve Geltz said. "Support your teammates. And don't be stupid. Think before you speak — that's the bottom line."

Numbers of the day

14, 14 Number of home runs by the Rays, and number of players who have hit them

The dish Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: See below.

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 South to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10.

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Pitchers: Rays — Chris Archer, Ryan Webb, Alex Colome, Andrew Bellatti; Orioles — Yovani Gallardo, relievers TBA

Heads up

Opening day starter RHP Chris Archer makes his fourth spring appearance, having had some issues in early innings his last two times out.

On deck

Monday: Off (in Cuba)

Tuesday: at Cuban National Team, 1:50. Rays — Matt Moore; Cubans — TBA

Wednesday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Erasmo Ramirez; Twins — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-24, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).

All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

March

22 at Cuban national team (Havana)

23 at Twins

24 at Yanks, 6:35

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05

27 vs. Jays

29 at Jays

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves, at Tigers

Rays: A hard hitter; media training; power all around 03/18/16 [Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2016 8:42pm]
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