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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)
30 vs. Red Sox
31 vs. Pirates
1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)
Greg Auman, Times staff writer