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Spring training

Rays: Knutson Cup within reach

Cup check

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

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.

The dish

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

TV/radio: None

Tickets: $16-31, available through, 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.

On deck

Thursday: Pirates, 1:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore; Pirates — RH Jeanmar Gomez

Friday: at Braves (Disney), 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Braves — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted


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 Vince Belnome

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