Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Good teammates awards

Quote of the day

"It was like reality TV out there — cameras everywhere, and (David) Price and (Jim) Hickey were miked up."

Rays RHP Alex Cobb, who was part of the "crew," wearing the GoPro mobile camera.

Passing the Buck

INF/OF Sean Rodriguez, who has delivered two of the Rays' biggest hits on catchers — Texas' Mike Napoli in the 2011 playoffs and Baltimore's Matt Wieters in 2012 — says he doesn't see the new rules changing what he calls a simple approach: "If I see the plate I'll slide, if I don't see the plate I'm going to hit you." Told Orioles manager Buck Showalter referred to the Wieters play as a "cheap-shot collision" that was done "very maliciously," Rodriguez suggested a review of the tape, which shows Wieters' leg across the plate. "What are you going to do? He's going to defend his player, as he should," Rodriguez said. "You're either going to be hated or you're going to be loved, right?"

Who is this Ray?

Played at University of Florida. Father played at FSU and 11 seasons in St. Louis organization. His identical twin played at St. Petersburg College and University of Tampa.

The dish

Today's full-squad workout starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last two hours. Admission and parking free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-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. For more information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

Infield practice looks to be highlight of a light day, starting at around 10.

On deck

Friday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (start), Heath Bell, Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke, Jake Odorizzi, Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser, Kirby Yates; Orioles — RH Chris Tillman

Saturday: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — LHP David Price; Pirates — RH Jeanmar Gomez

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — RHP Alex Cobb; Twins — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Single-game range from $10-$29, available at raysbaseball.com, via phone (toll-free 1-800-745-3000), CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.), all Ticketmaster outlets.

All games 1:05 unless noted.

March

3 Phillies

4 at Red Sox

5 Yankees

6 at Orioles

7 at Blue Jays

8 Pirates

9 at Yankees

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates

16 Red Sox

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

23 at Red Sox

24 at Twins

25 Red Sox

26 Orioles 7:05

27 at Orioles, 7:05

28 at Tigers

29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05

Who is this Ray: INF Cole Figueroa

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

Good teammate award, part I

OF Matt Joyce said he was just doing his part in, um, allowing 1B James Loney to run him down in a pickoff drill. "I was thinking, I just wanted to let him catch me to help his confidence," Joyce said, almost straight-faced. "After that he had a great day. So I'm just trying to be a good teammate."

Good teammate award, part II

RHPs Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson have let Joyce use the spare bedroom at their rental until his is available Saturday. Joyce in return usually makes the nightly food run, though they were joking about finding more chores. "They give me enough chores during the game chasing balls down," Joyce replied.

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