Quote of the day
"A breath of fresh air."
Erik Bedard, veteran LHP describing his first camp with the Rays
Last man standing
With the Rays making another big round of cuts Thursday night, C Mayo Acosta is the only player remaining on the left wall of the clubhouse, surrounded by 17 empty stalls. "I've got a lot of lockers now," he said, joking.
The Rays already had a mini basketball hoop inside their clubhouse — with tape on the carpet to outline the key and 3-point line. They recently took the next step: putting up a regulation hoop outside with players often battling in games of H-O-R-S-E during breaks.
Conclusion of the day
After meeting with umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford and MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr., manager Joe Maddon said the new catcher collision rule is simpler than people make it out to be. "It's been in that washing machine way too long," he said. "Just put it in the dryer, and let's go."
Who is this Ray?
He was acquired from Miami before last year, then was a Gold Glove finalist. He does an imaginary jump shot after great defensive plays.
Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$29, berm/boardwalk $10. Via raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Pitchers: Rays — RH Alex Cobb, RH Joel Peralta, LH Jake McGee, RH Brandon Gomes, RH Josh Lueke. Orioles — RH Ubaldo Jimenez.
The Rays are expected to choose a No. 5 starter today among LHP Erik Bedard, LHP Cesar Ramos and RHP Jake Odorizzi.
Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:05, Rays — LH Matt Moore; Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront
All games 1:05 unless noted
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: SS Yunel Escobar
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