Hey, we remember you
Ex-Rays/now Red Sox ace David Price stopped on his way to the Boston clubhouse to say hello to Tampa Bay area reporters who were waiting to interview RHP Chris Archer. Price, who said he's getting used to his new color scheme, declined an offer to join the scrum and ask questions of his well-spoken friend: "My words are not big enough."
Quote of the day
"The biggest thing I was worried about was not tripping on the way out to the mound."
— RHP Jake Faria, a 22-year-old prospect making his first appearance in a big-league spring game
Words of inspiration
Howard Falco, who describes himself as a "peak performance expert, spiritual teacher and author specializing in self-awareness and the creative power of mind and thought," has been hanging around the team the past few days. Falco, a favorite of RHP Chris Archer, spoke to the team as part of Thursday's "mental skills" session. Falco said he was trying to get a better feel for the team routine and might come back later in the season.
The Rays are playing at night tonight because the Orioles are also playing during the day (at the Twins in Fort Myers), and their staff likes to see both games on split-squad days.
The dish Rays at Orioles
7:05 tonight, Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota
Tickets: $8-36, available at orioles.com, toll-free 1-877-222-2803, and at the stadium.
Pitchers: Rays — Drew Smyly, Andrew Bellatti, Enny Romero, Eddie Gamboa, Justin Marks, Ryan Garton, Mark Sappington; Orioles — Kevin Gausman, Zach Britton, Mychal Givens, Darren O'Day, Todd Redmond, Dale Thayer
CF Kevin Kiermaier is the biggest name on the traveling squad, along with newcomers SS Brad Miller, 1B/DH/OF Logan Morrison and 1B/OF/DH Steve Pearce.
Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Twins — Kyle Gibson
Monday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — TBA
Tuesday: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays —Erasmo Ramirez; Tigers — TBA
(all games 1:05 unless noted)
Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS, and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices $15-$32 on March 12-13.
9 vs. Jays
10 vs. Pirates
11 at Pirates
12 vs. Yankees
13 vs. Red Sox, at Jays
14 at Braves
15 vs. Phillies
17 at Phillies
18 vs. Red Sox
19 vs. Orioles
20 at Orioles
22 at Cuban national team (Havana)
23 at Twins
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
1 at Braves, at Tigers