Quote of the day
"We think Jake is the right guy for this particular moment."
Manager Joe Maddon, on naming RHP Jake Odorizzi (right) the fifth starter
Delay of the day
Saturday's game was delayed for several minutes before the bottom of the 10th inning when Orioles RHP Alfredo Aceves was unhappy with the condition of the mound. Dirt was added, and pounded in, before the game resumed. "It was a divot or hole or crevice or crater in the mound," manager Joe Maddon said. "And Aceves wanted it fixed before he pitched. Every pitcher has every right to want that."
No more faux
Rays manager Joe Maddon was pleased that they were able to raise more than $50,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County Friday night during their sixth annual Baseball Dinner & Auction in Punta Gorda. Maddon was, however, sad to have to part with his faux leather sport coat. "I would have been absolutely horrible if I had not sold the jacket, so I did for $200," Maddon said. "I'll never find another one like it, but that's just the way it goes."
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Who is this Ray?
He's the only Iowa-born player in Rays history. Has two Yorkies named Jeter and Marley. Is a former AL rookie of the year.
Rays at Red Sox
When/where: 1:05 today; JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers
Tickets: $5-48, available through redsox.com or at stadium box office.
Pitchers: Rays — LH Matt Moore; Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront, Brandon Workman, Burke Badenhop, Jose Mijares, Brayan Villarreal
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
LHP Matt Moore, who hit 96 mph in his last outing, makes his last lengthy spring start against the Red Sox.
Monday: at Twins, 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Twins — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
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 Jeremy Hellickson
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