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