Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Durham media guide; Tropicana Field education

It's time to really Meet the Rays

Check out our annual video series to get the lowdown on some of your favorite Rays. How is Evan Longoria's diaper-changing technique? Could Ben Zobrist sing one of Julianna's songs? What does David Price think about all the attention Astro gets? For all that and more, check out all 16 videos at tampabay.com/meettherays or scan the QR code on the left.

No place like dome

Manager Joe Maddon said some of the new Rays, such as INF/OF Kelly Johnson, SS Yunel Escobar and 1B James Loney, can benefit from a few days of fielding baseballs at sometimes quirky Tropicana Field prior to Tuesday's opener against Baltimore. "They will have a game and then a practice," Maddon said. "Actually two practices, the pregame before the actual game."



Pretty boys

The Triple-A Durham public relations staff probably didn't have to think too hard about the cover of the media guide given that the Bulls have the Rays' two top prospects, RHP Chris Archer and OF Wil Myers, and both are from nearby towns. Archer took to Twitter (@ChrisArcher42) to ask, "Who looks better on the cover?"

Who is this Ray?

He was an ambidextrous athlete at Miami's Palmetto High. Played 13 seasons in the majors, appearing as a pitcher, outfielder and at all four infield positions. Hit 32 homers.

The dish

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $15, general admission seating in the lower deck. Available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticket­master, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store.

Parking: $10

Gates open: 11:40

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Jamey Wright, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, Fernando Rodney; Tigers — Doug Fister, Darrin Downs

Heads-up

The No. 4 starter, LHP Matt Moore, gets to put a good finish on a bad spring. Manager Joe Maddon said he is looking to see fastball command more than anything: "If he has that, then … everything else will work off of that. If he doesn't have that, everything else becomes more difficult."

On deck

Sunday: Off

Monday: Workout at the Trop; closed to the public

Tuesday: Season opener, vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price; Orioles — Jason Hammel

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez

Who is this Ray? Third-base coach Tom Foley

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

 
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