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.
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.
Rays at Orioles
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota
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)
RH Alex Cobb will make his final spring start, likely 4-5 innings.
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
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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