Painting the town
At least a few players, including LHP David Price, spent Wednesday's off day playing paintball in a session arranged by Kyle Farnsworth. Price posted a photo on his Twitter account before they got started, bragged in an update that "i lay great cover fire!!!" but then tweeted a photo showing a welt on his forehead: "hahah through the beanie!!! Did not feel good!! #paintballpro"
Who is this Ray?
He had a scholarship offer from UNLV before signing with the Rays. Is a huge Atlanta Falcons fan. Began his career as a starting pitcher. Made an offseason trip to Ireland.
'All good' for Maddon
Rays manager Joe Maddon posted on his Twitter account that his Wednesday morning colonoscopy — his first, at age 59 — went well: "Colonoscopy completed. All good. Painless and now realize nothing to fear. Should have done it sooner. Urge everyone 50+ to get 'er done."
The dish: Rays at Pirates
When/where: 1:05 today; McKechnie Field, 1611 9th St. W, Bradenton
Tickets: $14-24, available through pirates.com or 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
Archer and Odorizzi are likely headed to Triple A to start this season, so this is another chance to show what they can do.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Friday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Phillies — Kyle Kendrick
Saturday: at Phillies (Clearwater), 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Phillies — John Lannan
Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — TBA
Remaining exhibition games
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
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
Who is this Ray? LHP Jake McGee
Say hello to 'Googs' Solondz
Radio pre- and postgame host Neil Solondz is a font of information, some useful, some a bit, well, arcane. So much so that manager Joe Maddon wonders if he might be the world's answer man. "Actually when you are Googling, it's going to him," Maddon said. "Then he types in the answer and it comes back to you."
On the up and up
Yankees GM Brian Cashman, right, had an unfortunate outcome to his skydiving adventure this week, breaking his right ankle and leg. Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman tried it once, in 2002, successfully, and has also been hang gliding.