Friday, June 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Archer invites president out to eat in Cuba

Invitation of the day

Knowing the Rays will have some free time during their March 20-22 goodwill visit to Cuba, Rays RHP Chris Archer aimed high in throwing out an interesting Twitter invite to President Barack Obama:

"Good morning, @POTUS. Since we will be in Havana at the same time, lets grab some Cubano cuisine together, my treat!"

Quote of the day

"I don't (care). Either one is good to me."

— Manager Kevin Cash, asked whether hitter-turned-knuckleball pitcher Dan Johnson's next dramatic moment is more likely to be a win or a save in the pennant-clinching game.

Memory of the day

Many players fool around with throwing a knuckleball during their careers, including Rays manager Kevin Cash. "I had a pretty good one, inconsistent, but I could catch it every once in a while with the perfect release," he said.

The dish Rays vs. Twins

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 — Jake Odorizzi, Ryan Webb, Dana Eveland, Brad Boxberger, Danny Farquhar, Blake Snell, Eddie Gamboa; Twins — Kyle Gibson, Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Michael Tonkin, Dan Runzler, J.T. Chargois, J.R. Graham, Aaron Thompson

Heads-up

Evan Longoria gets a DH day as the Rays take a look at versatile utility man Taylor Motter at third base. Steve Pearce seems the top option when Longoria is off.

On deck

Monday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — Henry Owens

Tuesday: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays — Erasmo Ramirez; Tigers — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Jays — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, 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.). Prices increase to $15-$32 on March 12-13.

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

March

10 vs. Pirates

11 at Pirates

12 vs. Yankees

13 vs. Red Sox, at Jays

14 at Braves

15 vs. Phillies

17 at Phillies

18 vs. Red Sox

19 vs. Orioles

20 at Orioles

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

Comments

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Rays journal: Jake Bauers proves he’s up to speed on bases

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Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

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Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

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For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

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