Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays rail: Gimenez's catcher instincts help him at first

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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



Bowling beatdown

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.

Catching on

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.

The dish

Rays at Twins

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Hammond Stadium (14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway), Fort Myers

Radio: 620-AM

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.

Heads-up

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.

On deck

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.

 
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