Remaining exhibition games
All games 1:05 unless noted
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
Manager Joe Maddon, Rays players, coaches and staff will again shave their heads to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and they are inviting fans (who make a $100 donation) to join them for the March 15 event in Port Charlotte and a get a Fortune Favors the Bald T-shirt. (Donations can also be made for individuals.) See pcfcutforacure.org.
Maddon left Tuesday's game early to head back to Tampa to properly prep for this morning's colonoscopy, quick wit intact. "I want to get moving rather quickly," he deadpanned. "I don't want to mess this up." Limited to fluids, Maddon said he went to a Port Charlotte Walgreen's and bought all the chicken broth. "Anybody going in there to augment their soups or gravies, they're out of luck," Maddon said. "They're cleaned out."
Tuesday was the launch day for the MLB2K13 video game, with LHP David Price on the cover. Price did some Twitter PR work for it but wasn't going anywhere near a Best Buy. "People say it's like Black Friday in there," he said.
Some Rays were talking about going fishing today, others golfing. Bench coach Dave Martinez said, "I'm going home to see my beautiful wife." CF Desmond Jennings had what sounded like the best plan: "I'm going to catch up on some sleep, stay in bed past 6 o'clock for a change."
Who is this Ray?
He was a third-round pick in the 2005 draft. Pitched for the U.S. team in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game. Has spent the past four seasons at Triple A.
Thursday: Rays at Pirates, 1:05, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton
Tickets: $14-24, available through pirates.com, toll-free 1-877-893-2827
Pitchers: Rays — Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi; Pirates — James McDonald, Jeanmar Gomez, Justin Wilson, Vic Black, Brooks Brown, Mark Melancon
Friday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Phillies — TBA
Saturday: at Phillies (Clearwater), 1:05, Rays — Jeff Niemann; Phillies — TBA
Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — TBA
Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.
Who is this Ray: RHP Will Inman