Remaining exhibition games
Tickets: $10-$27, available at raysbaseball.com, Charlotte Sports Park and Trop box offices, Tampa team store, through Ticketmaster.
Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
All games 1:05 unless noted
5: at Twins
7: at Pirates
8: vs. Phillies
9: at Phillies
10: vs. Red Sox
11: vs. Twins, 7:05
12: vs. Yankees
14: at Orioles
15: vs. Phillies
16: vs. Red Sox
17: at Red Sox, 1:35
19: at Tigers
20: at Twins, 7:05
21: vs. Jays
22: vs. Orioles, at Pirates
23: vs. Twins
24: at Yankees
25: vs. Pirates, 7:05
26: at Phillies
27: vs. Jays
28: at Orioles, 7:05
29: at Tigers
30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10
Quote of the day
"It's like the baby comes out — 10 toes, 10 fingers, you're happy. They're healthy; that's good, that's all that matters."
Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on having all the starting pitching candidates get through their first outings
A real cut-up
Sitting in front of RHP Dane De La Rosa's locker Thursday morning was a barber's chair, a nod to his prowess in cutting hair. De La Rosa started years ago with friends and family, then spread to teammates. He and can handle pretty much any request. "I can do everything," he said.
3B Evan Longoria has plenty to be exited about with a $100 million contract extension and a new baby. And coming soon, he will be an owner of Ducky's Sports Lounge being planned for South Tampa. Story, 4B
It's not uncommon to see footballs or soccer balls in use around the clubhouse. What's next? "Frisbees? Disc golf? Bocci balls?," C Chris Gimenez offered. "There's no shortage of extreme sports in here."
Who is this Ray?
He was a 2001 sandwich round pick by Cleveland as compensation for losing Manny Ramirez. Began his pro career with 22 scoreless innings. Made his big-league debut in 2009 for Washington.
The dish: Rays at Blue Jays
When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin
Tickets: $15-30, available through bluejays.com, toll-free at 1-888-525-5297
Pitchers: Rays — Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Mike Montgomery; Blue Jays — Mark Buehrle, Darren Oliver, Sean Nolin, David Bush, Mickey Storey, Alex Hinshaw, Richard Thompson, Neil Wagner
OFs Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce, and blue-chip prospect Wil Myers, headline the travel squad. Also scheduled to play are C Jose Molina, INF Sean Rodriguez, prospect INF Tim Beckham.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Saturday: Orioles, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen
Sunday: Twins, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Twins — TBA
Monday: Red Sox (at Fort Myers), 1:35. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA
Who is this Ray? RHP J.D. Martin