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Rays: Souza is a card, unwittingly

Healthy laughter

Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. is making his way back from an intercostal muscle strain, but that won't stop the Rays from a little good-natured ribbing. The Rays and Orioles had already exchanged lineup cards before Thursday's game, but manager Kevin Cash gave Souza a lineup card and watched him go halfway onto the field before Souza realized the prank.

"It was (an) Oriole lineup card with the bird on it," Cash said. "He proceeded to walk halfway until he realized, 'This isn't the right lineup card.' We had already done the lineups. He came reaching for it, so I said 'Take it.' "

The dish Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:05 today; JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers

Tickets: Reserved seats $15-48. Available through redsox.com, toll-free 1-888-733-7696 (RED-SOX6).

Pitchers: Rays — Chris Archer, Kyle McPherson, Jhan Marinez, Adam Wilk, Adam Reifer, Jacob Faria, Parker Markel; Red Sox — Joe Kelly, Steven Wright, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Kimbrel, William Cuevas, Roman Mendez

Quote of the day

"Wow. Just in the Saladino."

— Rays manager Kevin Cash, a former Gaither High standout, referencing the bay area's top high school baseball tournament, asked if he had ever hit a ball as far as DH Corey Dickerson's home run, which rolled to a stop 569 feet from home plate after landing on the roof of the Rays' player development building.

Heads-up

Today's game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers will feature the spring debut of starter Chris Archer. Other key players expected to play include 3B Evan Longoria, CF Kevin Kiermaier, and 1B James Loney, who all had Thursday off.

On deck

Saturday: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly; Orioles — RH Kevin Gausman

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Twins — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS, and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices increase to $15-$32 on March 12-13.

March

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

16 OFF

17 at Phillies (Clearwater)

18 vs. Red Sox

19 vs. Orioles

20 at Orioles (Sarasota)

21 OFF (in Cuba)

22 at Cuban National Team (Havana)

23 at Twins (Fort Myers)

24 at Yankees, 6:35 (Tampa)

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05 (Bradenton)

27 vs. Blue Jays

28 OFF

29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Rays: Souza is a card, unwittingly 03/03/16 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:18pm]
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