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.
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.
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.
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
Top choices: Jays 15-4, Tigers 17-4
To win AL East
On Feb. 20: 7-2
Top choice: Jays 8-5
On Feb. 20: 86.5
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.
Today: Workout at Trop, 11 a.m., closed to public; Orioles workout 3 p.m.
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
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