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Spring training

Rays: Archer's potential; Molina's steal

Quotes of the day

"If he continues to do what he's been doing in these three spring training games, believe me, we're probably going to have another Cy Young here."

C Jose Molina (right), on RHP Chris Archer

"It's Disney."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on how he would explain that speedy Braves CF B.J. Upton got caught stealing Friday but not-so-speedy C Jose Molina stole second

Who is this Ray?

Has played for three AL East teams since 2008. Was part of Puerto Rico's team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Along with his two brothers, he launched a record label last year.

The dish

Rays (ss) vs. Blue Jays

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

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$29, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticket-master, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

Pitchers: Rays — LH Erik Bedard, RH Grant Balfour, RH Joel Peralta, RH Brandon Gomes, RH Brad Boxberger; Blue Jays — LH Sean Nolin, RH Chad Jenkins, RH Neil Wagner, RH John Stilson

Rays (ss) at Pirates

When/where: 1:05 today; McKechnie Field, 1611 9th St. W, Bradenton

TV/radio: None

Tickets: $14-$25, available through pirates.com, by calling (toll-free 1-877-893-2827) or at stadium box office.

Pitchers: Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi, LH Cesar Ramos; Pirates — RH Edinson Volquez, Jared Hughes, Andy Oliver

Heads-up:

The remaining candidates for the fifth starter's spot will make possibly their final auditions, with LH Erik Bedard (right) starting in Port Charlotte, and both RH Jake Odorizzi and LH Cesar Ramos in Bradenton.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Red Sox — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

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: C Jose Molina

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

Rays: Archer's potential; Molina's steal 03/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 8:56pm]
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