Check out those Prices
Among the minor-leaguers facing ace David Price in Thursday's simulated game was INF Robby Price (son of University of Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price). They matched up in a similar exercise last year, David saying Robby prevailed with two doubles. On Thursday, David dominated — as the hitters weren't allowed to swing.
Quote of the day
"We went 'Omaha' early."
Manager Joe Maddon, on calling a Peyton Manning-inspired audible in the morning to have the Rays' scheduled pitchers throw in a simulated game in Port Charlotte rather than wait for a decision on Thursday's game.
Number of the day
12-1 Odds on the Rays winning the World Series from the online Bovada site, behind the Dodgers (13-2), Cardinals (8-1) and Tigers (9-1), same as the Red Sox and Nats.
Today is the first of six Rays spring games in which instant replay will be available, although more so to work through the on-field process than the actual reviews, which will be done in an on-site TV truck rather than in New York.
The chosen games:
• Today at Jays (Dunedin)
• Monday at Red Sox (Fort Myers)
• March 16 vs. Red Sox
• March 18 at Twins (Fort Myers)
• March 23 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)
• March 24 at Twins (Fort Myers)
For the third straight year, Rays players and staff will shave their heads to raise money and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation through the Cut for a Cure program. For more info or to donate, see pcfcutforacure.org.
Manager Joe Maddon had a sense of familiarity watching RHP Brad Boxberger, a reliever acquired last month from the Padres. Maddon early in his career played on a team with Boxberger's father, Rod.
Who is this Ray?
Was once ranked Braves' No. 1 prospect. Has played in majors for seven teams. Has been traded four times.
Rays at Blue Jays
When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin
TV: MLB Network (no radio)
Tickets: $16-31, available through bluejays.com, 1-888-525-5297
Pitchers: Rays — RH Alex Cobb, Brandon Gomes, Brad Boxberger, Matt Andriese, Nathan Karns; Jays — RH Drew Hutchison, Todd Redmond, Esmil Rogers.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
AL rookie of the year Wil Myers, Matt Joyce and Desmond Jennings head the Rays travel squad while the starting infielders stay back in Port Charlotte.
Saturday: Pirates, 1:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore; Pirates — LH Francisco Liriano
Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Yankees — TBA
Monday: at Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — LH Jon Lester
All games 1:05 unless noted
12 at Jays
14 at Braves
15 (ss) Jays; at Pirates
16 Red Sox
18 at Twins, 7:05
19 at Orioles
20 Twins, 7:05
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: INF Wilson Betemit
Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Manager Joe Maddon had a sense of familiarity watching RHP Brad Boxberger, a reliever acquired last month from the Padres. Maddon early in his career played on a team with Boxberger's father, Rod. So how does son compare with father? "A different arm," Maddon said. "I know his dad threw a really good knuckle curve. (Brad) has a nice breaking ball, too."