He's Kevin 'Forrest' Cash for a reason
The trip to Cuba will afford the Rays many opportunities. Among them, presumably, will be manager Kevin Cash meeting his third U.S. president since Barack Obama is expected to attend the game. Cash met George W. Bush during a trip to the White House to honor the 2007 champion Red Sox, and George H.W. Bush at the Houston ballpark while playing for the Astros in 2010.
The dish Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Radio: raysbaseball.com (signup required)
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-29, berm/boardwalk $10. Available via raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS) and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 south to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Erasmo Ramirez, Dana Eveland, Matt Andriese, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, Jamie Schultz; Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez, relievers TBA
The Rays apparently want to see early how OF Desmond Jennings looks after missing most of last season with left knee issues as he is the only player in the lineup today who started Wednesday. SS Brad Miller and DH Corey Dickerson will make their Rays debuts.
Friday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Red Sox — RH Joe Kelly
Saturday: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly; Orioles — TBA
Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Twins — TBA
Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, by 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.
7 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)
8 at Tigers (Lakeland)
9 vs. Blue Jays
10 vs. Pirates
11 at Pirates (Bradenton)
12 vs. Yankees
13 vs. Red Sox, at Blue Jays (Dunedin)
14 at Braves (Disney)
15 vs. Phillies
17 at Phillies (Clearwater)
18 vs. Red Sox
19 vs. Orioles
20 at Orioles (Sarasota)
21 OFF (in Cuba)
22 at Cuban National Team (Havana)
23 at Twins (Fort Myers)
24 at Yankees, 6:35 (Tampa)
25 vs. Twins
26 at Pirates, 6:05 (Bradenton)
27 vs. Blue Jays
29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)
30 vs. Red Sox
31 vs. Pirates
1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer