Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays defense plays a clean game

Number of the day

3 Error-free games by the Rays this spring, including Saturday's. Tampa Bay entered the day with a majors-most 18 errors and 16 unearned runs allowed. Among Saturday's defensive jewels: a first-inning 6-4-3 double play started by SS Tim Beckham after Matt Moore allowed a leadoff single. "I just think that having the defense right there with that pickup and being able to pound the zone like I did was the combination for a good day," Moore said.

Number of the day II

15,000 Amount (in dollars) raised by the Rays during their annual "Cut for a Cure" promotion to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. For a $50 donation, fans could pay to have their heads shaved alongside Rays players, coaches and staffers as well receiving a "Cut for a Cure" cap.

The dish Rays (ss) vs. Red Sox

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: See below

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: 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.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10

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

Pitchers: Rays — Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Farquhar, Brad Boxberger, Enny Romero, Andrew Bellatti; Red Sox — Rick Porcello, Roenis Elias, Heath Hembree, Tommy Layne, Carson Smith, William Cuevas, Williams Jerez

Rays (ss) at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: $18-33, via bluejays.com calling 888-525-5297.

Pitchers: Rays — Taylor Guerrieri, Jacob Faria, Jaime Schultz; Blue Jays — Aaron Sanchez, Gavin Floyd, Arnold Leon, David Aardsma, Pat Venditte

Heads up

Manager Kevin Cash will stay with the home team in Port Charlotte, and bench coach Tom Foley will manage in Dunedin.

On deck

Monday: at Braves, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Braves — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — Drew Smyly; Phillies — TBA

Wednesday: Off

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $15-32, 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

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

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