Remaining exhibition games
All games 1:05 unless noted
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
INF Sean Rodriguez, near left, was still talking about the "beatdown" CF Desmond Jennings gave him in a bowling outing Sunday in St. Petersburg. Jennings, who said his high game is in the 220s, rolled a 203, including five strikes in a row. "It was like he wasn't even trying," Rodriguez quipped.
C Chris Gimenez, above, takes pride in his defensive versatility, playing first and third this spring. But his catching instinct to "drop and block" came in handy in Tuesday's start at first when he made a sliding stop on a grounder down the line by Tigers C Alex Avila in the fourth. "I had a couple plays today where I looked like I really knew what I was doing," Gimenez joked. "That was a fun grounder. At least it didn't pop up and hit me in the face."
Quote of the day
"I thought about my life before the out right there."
RHP Jeremy Hellickson on racing to cover third, but skipping the tag, on a sliding Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in the first.
Rays at Twins
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Hammond Stadium (14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway), Fort Myers
Tickets: $13-$26, available at stadium, through twinsbaseball.com or by calling ticket office at toll-free 1-800-338-9467 (33-TWINS)
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Jake McGee, Cesar Ramos. Twins — Mike Pelfrey.
3B Evan Longoria, SS Yunel Escobar, 1B James Loney, OF Matt Joyce, CF Desmond Jennings and DH Luke Scott are making trip to Fort Myers for tonight's game.
Thursday: Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Jays — Claudio Vargas.
Friday: Orioles, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Orioles — TBA. At Pirates, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Pirates — TBA
Who is this Ray? INF Ryan Roberts
Who is this Ray?
He attended University of Texas at Arlington, needing just a couple more classes for a biology degree. Was an 18th-round pick by Toronto in 2003. Lived in the clubhouse during a stint in Triple A.