Thursday, March 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays rail: Loney picks Oscars, Maddon and DeBartolos

Remaining exhibition games

Tickets: $10-27, available at, 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


28: vs. Tigers


1: at Jays

2: vs. Orioles

3: vs. Twins

4: at Red Sox, 1:35

5: at Twins

6: Off

7: at Pirates

8: vs. Phillies

9: at Phillies

10: vs. Red Sox

11: vs. Twins, 7:05

12: vs. Yankees

13: Off

14: at Orioles

15: vs. Phillies

16: vs. Red Sox

17: at Red Sox, 1:35

18: Off

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

And the Oscar goes to …

New 1B James Loney is something of a movie buff, and having seen most of the Oscar-nominated flicks, he agreed to share his picks. Best picture — Silver Linings Playbook. "It was a 'real' movie," Loney said. "It had a lot of truth to it, a lot of real-life situations, a lot of stuff people don't talk about." Best actor — Denzel Washington, Flight. Best supporting actor — Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained. Best actress — Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty. Best supporting actress — Sally Field, Lincoln.

Social scene

Manager Joe Maddon had a fine time Friday night during a charity reception at the expansive (like the size of the team clubhouse) Tampa home of philanthropists Eddie and Candy DeBartolo Jr., calling them "unbelievably nice people." But then Maddon had a fine mess trying to leave his South Tampa home Saturday morning due to the Gasparilla race — "like a rat in a maze" — then was shut out at Starbucks by the water problems and ended up stopping for gas and coffee at the RaceTrac store on the St. Pete side of the Gandy Bridge.

Numbers of the day

34, 13 Players and pitchers used in Saturday's games.

Center of attention

When minor-leaguers such as OF Kevin Kiermaier get to play in big-league spring games, they hope to get noticed. Just not necessarily the way Kiermaier did Saturday, stumbling to the ground after colliding with Pittsburgh's first baseman after hitting a two-run double and requiring medical attention. "I like saying I play hard, but tripping over someone doesn't really define you as playing hard," he said. "But if it takes that to have a double and get us closer to a win, I'll take it."

Who is this Ray?

He went 14-0, 0.10 as a high school senior in Illinois. Passed on an offer from Louisville to go into pro ball. Has been traded twice in two years.

The dish: Rays at Twins

When/where: 1:05 today; Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers

Tickets: $10-40, available through, 1-800-33TWINS

Pitchers: Rays — Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Frank De Los Santos, Will Inman, Matt Nevarez, Jimmy Patterson, Juan Sandoval, Alex Torres, Kirby Yates; Twins — Liam Hendricks, Glen Perkins, Jared Burton, Brian Duensing, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, P.J. Walters


Veterans don't usually play back-to-back games yet, but Ben Zobrist, who started in rightfield Saturday, is DHing today to aide his prep for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Who is this Ray? RHP Jake Odorizzi

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Monday: vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves

Tuesday: vs. Astros, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Astros — TBA

Wednesday: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Pirates — TBA

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog ( and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

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