Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Chris Archer, Mark DeRosa cross paths again

Trading places

MLB Network analyst and former big-league INF Mark DeRosa (left) and Rays RHP Chris Archer had a lot to discuss before a Friday interview. They were principals in a December 2008 trade between the Indians and Cubs that worked out best … for the Rays. To get DeRosa, the Indians sent the then-20-year-old Archer (and LHP John Gaub and RHP Jeff Stevens) to the Cubs, who two years later gave up Archer as part of a five-player package they sent to the Rays in a deal for Matt Garza.

Irregular duty

Players, and teams overall, are typically routine-oriented, especially in spring training. But consider how the past week has been anything but as the Rays had a six-pitch rainout last Saturday in Port Charlotte, a Sunday game in Sarasota followed by a flight to Cuba, Monday off to tour Havana, a Tuesday game in Cuba, Wednesday essentially off after a 5 a.m. return, a night game Thursday in Tampa, a day game Friday in Port Charlotte with no batting practice, a night game tonight in Bradenton, a Sunday day game back in Port Charlotte and another off-day Monday. "We knew coming in there were going to be adjustments," manager Kevin Cash said.

Quote of the day

"A lot of terminology."

— RHP Brad Boxberger, on what he learned after the diagnosis and surgery to repair his adductor brevis muscle

The dish

Rays at Pirates

6:05 tonight, McKechnie Field, 1611 9th St. West, Bradenton

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $20-31, via pirates.com, calling 877-893-2827.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Jake Odorizzi, relievers TBA; Pirates — Francisco Liriano, Trey Haley, Curtis Partch, A.J. Schugel

Heads-up

The projected starting outfield of Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr. is slated to be in the lineup tonight, but only Logan Morrison among the frontline infielders.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Jays — Drew Hutchison

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Jays — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-24, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).

All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

March

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves, at Tigers

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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