Double-take of the day
Yes, that's hot prospect LHP Blake Snell signing autographs after Monday's workout. And, yes, he's signing right-handed. Snell always writes right-handed. Actually, he does pretty much everything right-handed. "Besides," he said, "throwing a baseball." Those LHPs have their quirks, as Matt Moore plays golf right-handed while doing everything else lefty.
Number of the day
81½ Over-under betting line on Rays wins, per the Bovada online site. That's fourth most in the AL East, with the Red Sox tops at 861/2. Joe Maddon's Cubs are No. 1 overall at 92½.
Quote of the day
"I went deep — in the pool."
OF Steven Souza, on taking swings with a foam-covered weight in the pool as part of his injury rehab.
Today's abbreviated full-squad workout starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last just 1 hour. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 South to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left. Information: (941) 235-5025.
The most important part of today's workout will take part behind closed doors, as 1B coach Rocco Baldelli will lead a meeting on baserunning philosophy and decision-making. The onfield highlight will be batting practice from 10-10:30.
Wednesday: vs. Nats, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Nats — RH Tanner Roark
Thursday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — RH Erasmo Ramirez; Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez
Friday: vs. Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Red Sox — RH Joe Kelly
Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS (326-7297), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices increase to $15-$32 on March 12-13.
All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.
5 at Orioles, 7:05 (Sarasota)
6 vs. Twins
7 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)
8 at Tigers (Lakeland)
9 vs. Blue Jays
10 vs. Pirates
11 at Pirates (Bradenton)
12 vs. Yankees
13 vs. Red Sox, at Blue Jays (Dunedin)
14 at Braves (Disney)
15 vs. Phillies
17 at Phillies (Clearwater)
18 vs. Red Sox
19 vs. Orioles
20 at Orioles (Sarasota)
21 TBA (Cuba?)
22 TBA (Cuba?)
23 at Twins (Fort Myers)
24 at Yankees, 6:35 (Tampa)
25 vs. Twins
26 at Pirates, 6:05 (Bradenton)
27 vs. Blue Jays
29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)
30 vs. Red Sox
31 vs. Pirates
1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer