Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Catcher Maile nails Pearl Jam karaoke

Clubhouse concert

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).

Spring snapshot

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,

Heads up

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.

On deck

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

Exhibition schedule

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.

March

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

April

1 at Braves, at Tigers

Kelly Parsons and Marc Topkin, Times staff writers

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