Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Miami product loses bet, wears FSU gear

Trading colors

C Eddy Rodriguez is a proud University of Miami product, so it was with great pain that he wore a Florida State shirt for drills Monday after losing a bet to 3B coach Tom Foley on the weekend UM-FSU series.

Quote of the day

"He makes the field look small. This guy is really strong."

Manager Joe Maddon, right, on non-roster OF Jeremy Moore, who doubled and homered.

Hobnobbing

Manager Joe Maddon raved about attending Saturday's DeBartolo Family Foundation All-Star Charity Gala in Tampa. He met, among others, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, new Bucs coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht (whose wife and father-in-law attended Maddon's Lafayette College) and former Buc Warrick Dunn. Maddon talked football and baseball with Kaepernick — who was drafted by the Cubs as a pitcher — and invited him to hang out at a game.

Who is this Ray?

Has been traded in deals for pitchers Zack Greinke and James Shields. Was 14-0, 0.10 as a high school senior, named Illinois player of the year.

The dish

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:05 today; JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers

TV/radio: None

Tickets: $5-48, available through redsox.com, 1-888-733-7696 (RED-SOX6).

Pitchers: Rays — RH Chris Archer, Mark Lowe, Jake McGee, Nathan Karns, Brad Boxberger, Enny Romero, Mike Montgomery, Jeff Beliveau; Red Sox — RH Clay Buchholz, Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes, Andrew Miller, Jose Mijares, Francisco Cordero

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Heads up

OF Wil Myers is on the travel squad, so Red Sox fans will have their first chance to serenade him as they did after the '13 ALDS error.

On deck

Wednesday: Yankees, 1:05. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos; Yankees — Adam Warren

Thursday: at Orioles (Sarasota), 1:05. Rays — LH David Price; Orioles — TBA

Friday: at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — RH Alex Cobb; Jays — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

8 Pirates

9 at Yankees

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

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: RHP Jake Odorizzi

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

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