C Luke Maile's biggest talent may lie behind the dish, but before batting practice Thursday he revealed another during a pregame players-only meeting. All the rookies had to sing karaoke — which included rousing renditions of Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan hits — but Maile's performance of Daughter by Pearl Jam received best in show. Is there a seventh-inning stretch encore of Take Me Out to the Ballgame in his future? "That's a one-time deal, man," Maile said. "I'm quitting while I'm ahead."
By the numbers
Entering Thursday, the Rays had a Grapefruit League-best 29 doubles, six more than the second-place Phillies, and 2B Logan Forsythe added another in the third inning of a win over the Pirates. The Rays also led the league in errors (14) and unearned runs (14).
Today the Rays will take part in Snapchat All-Access Day, which will give fans across the league a behind-the-scenes glimpse of spring training baseball. Players can bring phones into the dugout in order to keep fans in the loop through in-game updates via the Snapchat Live Story.
The dish Rays at Pirates
When/where: 1:05 today; McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton.
Tickets: $20-31, via pirates.com, calling toll-free 1-877-893-2827.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
TV: MLB Network
Pitchers: Rays — Jake Odorizzi, Steve Geltz, Ryan Garton, Blake Snell, Adam Reifer; Pirates — Juan Nicasio, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Steven Brault, Chad Kuhl, Trevor Williams, AJ Schugel,
RHP Ryan Garton, who spent the 2015 season with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits, is scheduled to make his third appearance today. Garton is a 2012 graduate of Mitchell High in New Port Richey.
Saturday: vs. Yankees, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Yankees — TBA
Sunday (split squad): vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — Erasmo Ramirez; Red Sox — TBA. At Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Matt Andriese; Blue Jays — TBA
Monday: at Braves, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Braves — TBA
Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, 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 this Saturday and Sunday.
All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.
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
Kelly Parsons and Marc Topkin, Times staff writers