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It's time to Meet the Rays

Check out our annual video series to get the lowdown on some of your favorite Rays. How is Evan Longoria's diaper-changing technique? Could Ben Zobrist sing one of Julianna's songs? What does David Price think about all the attention Astro gets? For all that and more, check out all 16 videos at tampabay.com/meettherays or scan the QR code on the left.

Piecing together

The 151 batting orders manager Joe Maddon used last year (in 162 games) not only led the majors, but were the most by an American League team that finished with a winning record in more than 25 years. The last was the 1985 Angels, managed by one of Maddon's role models, Gene Mauch, who used 155 on the way to a 90-72 record.

Minor matters

The Rays set their minor-league rosters on Sunday (subject to change), with an impressive collection of prospects at Triple-A Durham. Among the Bulls: OF Wil Myers, RHP Chris Archer, RHP Alex Colome, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF Tim Beckham, INF Hak-Ju Lee, INF Cole Figueroa. Other assignments of note: OF Todd Glaesmann, their 2012 player of the year, to Double-A Montgomery; OF Drew Vettleson to advanced Class A Charlotte; RHPs Taylor Guerrieri and Jeff Ames to Class A Bowling Green. For full rosters, see tampabay.com/blogs/rays.

Non-factors

RHP Jamey Wright is the latest player to make the Rays opening day active roster after coming to camp as a non-roster invitee on a minor-league deal. The list:

1998: RHP Rolando Arrojo

2000: RHP Dave Eiland, INF Herbert Perry

2001: RHP Ken Hill

2003: OF Rocco Baldelli, LHP Jim Parque, RHP Steve Parris

2005: OF Chris Singleton, RHP Hideo Nomo

2006: RHP Jason Childers, RHP Ruddy Lugo, INF Luis Ordaz

2007: RHP Gary Glover, 1B Carlos Peña, RHP Al Reyes

2008: INF/OF Eric Hinske

2011: RHP Juan Cruz

2013 RHP Jamey Wright, INF Shelley Duncan

Odds of the day

Updated, courtesy Bovada online

To win World Series

On Feb. 20: 25-1 Now: 16-1

Top choices: Nats 7-1; Tigers, Jays 8-1

To win AL pennant

On Feb. 20: 12-1

Now: 8-1

Top choices: Jays 15-4, Tigers 17-4

To win AL East

On Feb. 20: 7-2

Now: 5-3

Top choice: Jays 8-5

Over/under wins

On Feb. 20: 86.5

Now: 87.5

Top choice: Nats, Tigers 92.5

Who is this Ray?

He recorded the first hit, and later the first inside-the-park home run, in Devil Rays history. Played 16 seasons in the majors overall, pitching and playing 1B, CF, RF. Went to postseason once as a player, three times as a coach.

The dish

Today: Workout at Trop, 11 a.m., closed to public; Orioles workout 3 p.m.

On deck

Tuesday: season opener, vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (20-5, 2.56 in 2012); Orioles — Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43)

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-11, 3.10); Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02)

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 7.53; Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25)

Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (11-11, 3.81); Indians — Zach McAllister (6-8, 4.24)

Saturday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (11-9, 4.03), Indians — Scott Kazmir (Did not pitch in 2012)

Who is this Ray: Bench coach Dave Martinez

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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

 
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