Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: "Best facility" has a glitch

Quote of the day

"The way they treated me is class act."

Veteran RHP Mark Lowe, on getting released by the Rays on Wednesday

Bad timing of the day

Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays' spring training home, was voted by readers of USA Today as the best spring training facility in all of baseball. But on Wednesday, the day the honor was announced, there were technical difficulties during the national anthem, so they played a tape over singer Dianne Candelaria.

Quick turnaround

OF Brandon Guyer, named to his first opening day roster Tuesday, was scrambling Wednesday trying to find an apartment in the St. Petersburg area. Guyer said his wife, Washington, D.C.-based sports anchor Lindsay Murphy, will be in town for the first few games. Murphy hasn't seen any of Guyer's first three big-league homers. "She's got no excuse now," he quipped.

Calling his shot

When asked about batting leadoff before Wednesday's game, OF Matt Joyce said, "Watch out for the bunt." Then, to lead off the first, Joyce reached on a bunt single to beat the shift, went first to third on a single and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Who is this Ray?

He plays the saxophone, sometimes during post-win celebrations. Was a Gold Glove finalist last season. Was also a star pitcher in high school.

The dish

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $8-32, available through orioles.com/spring, by phone at 877-222-2802 or at stadium box office.

Pitchers: Rays — RH Alex Cobb; Orioles — RH Ubaldo Jimenez

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Heads-up

RH Alex Cobb will make his final spring start, likely 4-5 innings.

On deck

Friday: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore; Tigers — TBA

Saturday: at Double-A Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Biscuits — TBA

Sunday: Off

Monday: Season opener, vs. Blue Jays, 4:10, Tropicana Field. Rays — LH David Price; Jays — RH R.A. Dickey

Who is this Ray: 1B James Loney

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