Bringing sexy back?
3B Evan Longoria does a lot on the field that separates him from other players. And now this — perhaps the only big-leaguer sporting a Justin Timberlake concert T-shirt under his uniform. Longoria (right) is a big fan, and fiancee Jaime Edmondson brought him the shirt after attending a recent JT show.
Quotes of the day
"It started out poorly … and then it was pretty much backward after that." Manager Joe Maddon, on Saturday's rough day
"It was a (expletive) outing." RHP Grant Balfour, on his performance
For a couple of weeks, the Rays have been shooting at a SKLZ mini-basketball hoop and backboard in the clubhouse. On Friday, RHP Heath Bell marked out a 3-point arc and full free-throw lane with tape on the carpet. "Thought I'd make it more official since they were playing games," he said. There also were portable monitors set up in three empty lockers Saturday, being used for soccer, hockey and Call of Duty video games, and a pingpong table in another complex building.
Who is this Ray?
Cut from seventh-grade baseball team. Traded twice before making majors. Named "Mr. Christmas" in his North Carolina hometown.
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 1:05 today; Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa (across from Raymond James Stadium)
Tickets: Reserved seats $17-33. Available through yankees.com, 1-800-745-3000
Pitchers: Rays — RH Chris Archer, Josh Lueke; Yankees — RH David Phelps, Dellin Betances, Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
AL rookie of the year OF Wil Myers, 1B James Loney, OFs Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce are among the top names on the trip.
Monday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Red Sox — LH Jon Lester
Tuesday: Twins, 1:05. Rays — LH David Price; Twins — TBA
Wednesday: at Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Jays — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
14 at Braves
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: RH Chris Archer
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