Farnsworth's great adventure
RHP Kyle Farnsworth has spent the past two springs living in his 40-foot RV, which sleeps six and also has all the comforts of home, parked near the Charlotte Sports Park. "It's like a mini-house," Farnsworth said. "And it's got everything I need."
The B-Street Band, the Bruce Springsteen tribute group led by Maddon childhood friend Willie Forte, plays another free show before today's game.
Who is this Ray?
He was a swimmer growing up and eventually chose baseball over water polo. Has a brother who played in the minors. Was acquired on waivers from San Diego. Got married at home plate.
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Internet radio: mlb.com (subscription required)
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10:30.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Alex Cobb, Brandon Gomes, J.D. Martin; Yankees — Ivan Nova, Brett Marshall, Matt Tracy, Chase Whitley, Josh Spence
Former Rays 1B/DH Dan Johnson — yes, that Dan Johnson — is in camp with the Yankees and scheduled to make the trip.
Thursday: vs. Orioles (Sarasota), 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; O's — TBA
Friday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Phillies — TBA
Who is this Ray: C Jose Lobaton
Maddon's great adventure
Manager Joe Maddon bought a 30-foot RV and is looking for a parking place, preferably in Punta Gorda, so he can live in it next spring training. Not that he will be roughing it, since it has DirecTV, Sirius/XM Radio, fridge, microwave and shower. "All the amenities," Maddon said. "It could be rather fun. I want to do this if I can."
Quote of the day
"From what I understand, RV-ing is making a comeback. I'm not talking about Rick Vaughn-ing, the actual recreational vehicles."
Maddon, bringing the team VP, right, into the topic
Remaining exhibition games
All games 1:05 unless noted
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