CF Kevin Kiermaier had three hits and an impressive running catch Saturday. But what he was most proud of was having the dexterity to reach behind his back to catch his helmet when it fell off as he slowed down heading to third base. "That's why they call it The Show," he joked. "Who else can do that?"
Quote of the day
"I haven't been up that late in a while."
— Manager Kevin Cash, after getting back around 11 from Saturday's night game in Sarasota, saying he had been going to bed around 9:30.
Our ringside expert
OF Brandon Guyer is a rabid UFC fan, and he was watching intently Saturday night as featherweight champ Conor McGregor — the Mike Trout-type star of his sport — was upset as he moved up in weight classes. "I feel like last night kind of changed the landscape of the UFC," Guyer said. "He went up two weight classes, and the punches that would knock out the guys in the lower weight classes weren't knocking out that guy. And he predicted a first-round finish so he put everything into every punch, so when he didn't do it, I think mentally and physically he was exhausted."
The dish Rays at Red Sox
1:05 today, JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers
Tickets: $5-48. Available through redsox.com, toll-free 1-888-733-7696 (RED-SOX6)
Rays ticket info: See below
Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Steve Geltz, Taylor Guerrieri, Adam Wilk, Kyle McPherson, Adam Reifer, Parker Markel; Red Sox — Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, Robbie Ross Jr., Kyle Martin, Williams Jerez, Pat Light, William Cuevas
Most if not all of the expected starting infield will be together today with 2B Logan Forsythe, SS Brad Miller, 3B Evan Longoria and 1Bs Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce scheduled to make the trip.
Tuesday: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays — Erasmo Ramirez; Tigers — Shane Greene
Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Jays — TBA
Thursday: vs. Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Drew Smyly; Pirates — TBA
Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS), 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.
11 at Pirates
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