The Rays lead 2-0 and need one more win to clinch their second Knutson Cup, which goes to the winner of the exhibition season series with the Twins in honor of Dukes Knutson, the invaluably helpful press box attendant who has worked for both teams.
Zim on the flex
No, the Rays don't have 83-year-old Don Zimmer flexing. But they do have him talking on an entertaining video to promote their new ticket flex packs. See it at tampabay.com/blogs/rays.
Number of the day
8 Strikeouts by LHP David Price in 5 innings
A replay precaution
OF David DeJesus made what looked like a heads-up move given the new replay rules, going back to touch the plate after being called out though it didn't appear he was tagged. The thinking is that if the play is reviewed, doing so could lead to the run being awarded. "You never know," DeJesus said. Alas, he admitted, he didn't think of it — the idea came from the guys on the bench: "I looked at them, they're like, 'Touch home plate, touch home plate,' " he said.
Who is this Ray?
Was a 28th-round draft pick in 2009 out of West Virginia. Acquired in trade from San Diego. Was MVP at Triple-A Durham.
Rays at Blue Jays
When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin
Tickets: $16-31, available through bluejays.com, 1-888-525-5297.
Pitchers: Rays — RH Nathan Karns, Josh Lueke, Mark Lowe, C.J. Riefenhauser, Adam Liberatore; Jays — RH Marcus Stroman, Ricky Romero, Chad Jenkins
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist are the biggest names among the position players making the trip north.
Thursday: Pirates, 1:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore; Pirates — RH Jeanmar Gomez
Friday: at Braves (Disney), 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Braves — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates
16 Red Sox
18 at Twins, 7:05
19 at Orioles
20 Twins, 7:05
21 Blue Jays
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 Vince Belnome
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