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Rays' Odorizzi to get work in on side to stay on schedule

WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Day off, for most

Most of the Rays will be off today while in Cuba. But RHP Jake Odorizzi will be working. Odorizzi will pitch in a simulated or minor-league game in Port Charlotte. "We've got to keep him on schedule," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Otherwise, it will be an off day for the rest of the guys."

Meeting another president

President Barack Obama will attend Tuesday's game in Cuba. This will not be the first time Rays manager Kevin Cash has met a president. He said he met former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George Bush when he was a player for the Astros in 2010.

No extra innings

Because the Rays had to catch a bus to Tampa International Airport right after Sunday's game for their flight to Cuba, both teams agreed that it would go only nine innings. That's why the game, which took three hours and four minutes to play, was called even though the score was 8-8.

The dish Rays vs. Cuban National Team

When/where: 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Havana

TV/radio: ESPN, 620-AM

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Ryan Webb, Xavier Cedeno, Alex Colome, Steve Geltz, Enny Romero; Cuba — TBA

On deck

Today: Off (in Cuba)

Tuesday: at Cuban National Team, 1:50. Rays — Matt Moore; Cubans — TBA

Wednesday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Erasmo Ramirez; Twins — TBA

Thursday: at Yankees (Tampa), 6:35. Rays — TBA, Yankees — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-$29, available at raysbaseball.com, toll-free 1-888-326-7297, Charlotte Sports Park or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices $15-$32 on March 12-13.

All games 1:05 unless noted.

March

24 at Yanks, 6:35

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05

27 vs. Jays

29 at Jays

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves, at Tigers

Rays' Odorizzi to get work in on side to stay on schedule 03/20/16 [Last modified: Sunday, March 20, 2016 5:08pm]
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