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Rays: Myers solves wind, eventually

Quote of the day

"I've been having to put on a bunch of Blistex, but other than that, not too much."

LHP Matt Moore, on feeling pretty good considering he got hit in the mouth with a line drive Sunday

Lesson learned

It was a tough day to play rightfield, with the windy conditions. But RF Wil Myers bounced back after a misplay at the wall on a Mike Napoli double to make two running catches near the warning track on fly balls that seemed to tail toward the line. "I think he learned a lesson from all that," manager Joe Maddon said.

Close call of the day

Manager Joe Maddon said it appeared "obvious" from the dugout — and judging from the boos, also from the stands — that INF Sean Rodriguez was safe at first in the fifth inning. If instant replay were available, Maddon would have made a challenge on the out call, but he said he'd also have been wrong. Said Maddon: "I think what's going to happen is that umpires are going to be validated being right, not 100 percent of the time, but pretty close to it."

Who is this Ray?

He's the longest tenured coach in club history. Played 13 seasons in the majors, all in the National League. Graduated from Palmetto High in Miami.

The dish

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-29, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

Gates open: 5 p.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 4

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

Pitchers: Rays — LH David Price, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes; Orioles — RH Chris Tillman

Heads-up

David Price makes his final tuneup, likely around four innings, before Monday's opening day start.

On deck

Thursday: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05. Rays — RH Alex Cobb; Orioles — RH Ubaldo Jimenez

Friday: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore; Tigers — TBA

Saturday: at Double-A Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Biscuits — TBA

Who is this Ray: Third-base coach Tom Foley

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Rays: Myers solves wind, eventually 03/25/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:13pm]
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