Baseball is a funny game
The Rays allowed four walks in the ninth inning — all by nonroster RHP Ryan Garton, a Mitchell High product — but didn't give up a run. Trying to close out the 3-2 game, Garton walked the first two Red Sox then fielded a line drive bunt and threw to second for a double play. He then walked the next two batters to load the bases, but RHP Mark Sappington came in to get a ground ball for a game-ending force play. Garton, who has walked only 102 in 2251/3 minor-league innings, was a bit perplexed: "I just couldn't find it today, for whatever reason."
OF Brandon Guyer shattered the team record in being hit by pitches an AL-high 24 times last season. So it was hardly a surprise when he got plunked by Boston LHP Henry Owens to start Monday's game. "I didn't want to get that started this early," Guyer said. "I can't help instincts. If it's there, I just don't move. Although it's spring training, I'd like to, but I can't help it. I can't train myself to do that."
Number of the day
70 Worn by Monday's winner, nonroster RHP Adam Reifer, after a one-year hiatus (save for video guy Chico Fernandez's cameo appearance) following the departure of manager Joe Maddon
The dish Rays at Tigers
When/where: 1:05 today; Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland
Tickets: $15-24. Available through tigers.com, 1-863-686-8075.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Erasmo Ramirez, Matt Andriese, Jake Faria, Jaime Schultz, Jhan Marinez; Tigers — Shane Greene, relievers TBA
Not too many regulars are scheduled to make the 2-plus-hour bus ride to Lakeland, with LF Desmond Jennings and 1B James Loney the biggest names. Tim Beckham is set to start at 3B as the Rays seek to settle on a backup there to Evan Longoria.
Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Jays — J.A. Happ
Thursday: vs. Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Drew Smyly; Pirates — TBA
Friday: at Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Pirates — TBA
Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS (326-7297), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices increase to $15-$32 on March 12-13.
All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.
12 vs. Yankees
13 vs. Red Sox, at Jays
14 at Braves
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