Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays bring food truck in for lunch

Numbers of the day

1,395 Career homers hit by players union executives attending Friday's meeting with the Rays: Dave Winfield (465), Bobby Bonilla (287), Tony Clark (251), Jose Cruz Jr. (204), Jeffrey Hammonds (110) and Phil Bradley (78).

2,539 Homers hit in Rays franchise history.

Star of the day

RHP Alex Cobb was going hard during fielding drills, running, diving, making off-balance throws. He joked that he was just trying to set a good example, but LHP David Price said there might be more involved. "He wants a Gold Glove," Price said. "He wants whatever (RHP Jeremy Hellickson's) got."

Dodge of the day

As national media come through Rays camp, one of the common questions has been whether this is the best team in franchise history. When a writer from USA Today asked that question Friday, manager Joe Maddon said: "It's the best Rays team … of 2014 I've ever seen."

Who is this Ray?

Was drafted by the Orioles (37th round, 2007) and Indians (22nd, 2009) before being taken by the Rays in eighth round in 2010. Pitched at Arizona State. First name is Kenneth, but he goes by his middle name.

The dish

Today's abbreviated full-squad workout starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last about 1½ hours. Admission and parking free. 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. Information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

It's the first day pitchers will throw batting practice, though many don't swing much, or at all, preferring just to track pitches.

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Single-game range from $10-$29, available at raysbaseball.com, via phone (toll-free 1-800-745-3000), CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa store (400 N Tampa St.), all Ticketmaster outlets.

All games 1:05 unless noted.

February

28 Orioles

March

1 at Pirates

2 Twins

3 Phillies

4 at Red Sox

5 Yankees

6 at Orioles

7 at Blue Jays

8 Pirates

9 at Yankees

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates

16 Red Sox

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: RHP Merrill Kelly

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

Those hipster Rays …

Always looking to do things a little differently and keep it interesting, the Rays had a food truck on site Friday serving lunch. The menu included the Cuban specialty Sancocho, plus roasted pork and barbecued chicken. Pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser, near right, paid a visit.

Quote of the day

"I'm pretty excited because I'm going crazy just throwing bullpens."

Alex Cobb, Rays RHP, on advancing to throwing batting practice today

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