Rays: News and notes

Quote of the day

"I'm getting singled

to death."

RHP Scott Dohmann on how he's

not getting hit hard this spring

Quote of the day II

"I think there's one person happy out of the entire Rays organization, and that's Charlie Montoyo, the Triple-A manager."

RF Jonny Gomes on Evan Longoria's demotion to Durham

Play of the day

Cliff Floyd's slide in the seventh. On a bases-loaded grounder by Shawn Riggans, Floyd was forced out at home. But when Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino tried for the double play at first, Floyd's slide spun Paulino around, forcing the throw into rightfield and allowing two more runs to score. Floyd, 35, said he learned the slide "a couple years ago." Manager Joe Maddon raved about it.

"I loved Floyd's slide," he said. "A great play in baseball — you don't see it often enough."

Who's on third? A daily look at the Rays' biggest positional issue:

Evan Longoria made his final spring start at third, going 0-for-3 before getting sent down to minor-league camp. Maddon said Willy Aybar will start at third on opening day.

The dish …

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:05; Knology Park (373 Douglas Ave.), Dunedin

Tickets: $13-$24, available by phone at (727) 733-0429 or online at bluejays.com

Pitchers: Rays —

RHP Jason Hammel; Blue Jays — Roy Halladay

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Weather: 70s and sunny

Watch for: Check out one of the league's top aces in Halladay. For the Rays, watch how Elliot Johnson performs at short and Eric Hinske at third — both are battling for a utility spot.

On deck

Wednesday: at Twins, 1:05, Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers. Rays — James Shields; Twins — Livan Hernandez

Thursday: at Indians, 1:05, Chain of Lakes Park, Winter Haven. Rays — TBA; Indians — TBA

Friday: Reds, 1:05, Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg. Rays —TBA; Reds — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays: News and notes 03/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:17pm]

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