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
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
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.
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
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.
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
1 at Braves, at Tigers