Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Themed trip to feature letterman jackets

The letterman show

Manager Joe Maddon picked a relatively tame introduction for the first themed road trip of the season, blue letterman style jackets with white sleeves and the sunburst logo on the left breast. "Really high-quality, well-made, simple, and I like simple," Maddon said. "Majestic did an outstanding job with it, I'm real excited about it. I think they're going to be received well." There are no plans for the jackets to be sold, but Maddon said, "if the clamor is big enough, you never know."

Durham is 'Wilville' — for now

Appreciating Rays top prospect OF Wil Myers while they have him, the Triple-A Durham Bulls have created "Wilville" — a special seating section along the rightfield line, and accompanying T-shirt, for their games. Fans paying $20 get a field level seat, T-shirt and $5 in concessions credit. Myers has been off to a good start for the Bulls, hitting .360 with five RBIs in six games.

Meet the Rays: Kelly Johnson

Why does Rays INF/OF Kelly Johnson wear No. 2? How did the former Blue Jay and Brave meet his wife? What's so great about his hometown of Austin, Texas? Watch video of Johnson answering these questions and more at tampabay.com/meettherays.

Number of the day

39 Temperature at first pitch

Weather, or not

Home clubhouse/equipment manager Chris Westmoreland packed cold weather gear for the Boston and Baltimore segments of the trip but didn't expect to be breaking it out in Arlington. All players but Shelley Duncan were in sleeves, several wore ski caps and manager Joe Maddon had on his "Elmer Fudd" hat with ear flaps. The 39-degree reading at first pitch was the lowest for a day game in the 20-year history of Rangers Ballpark, and second lowest ever, after a 38-degree April 7, 2007, game. The record low for first pitch of a Rays game is 33 on April 17, 2003, in Boston.

More on the weather

The nearly freezing temperature and damp conditions made for a miserable day on the field, even though LHP Matt Moore joked it felt like a spring day in Albuquerque, where he grew up. RF Ben Zobrist said at first he didn't think it was too bad. "And by the seventh inning I was changing my mind on the whole issue because it was getting real cold," he said. "We were feeling a breeze coming from behind us and Desmond (Jennings) and I were both talking about how freezing we were."

Today: Off

Next game: Friday, at Boston, 7:10, Sun Sports.

Probable pitchers: Rays — RHP Alex Cobb (1-0, 0.00); Red Sox — LHP Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40)

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 1:05, Ch. 13. Rays — LHP David Price (0-1, 8.18); Red Sox — LHP Jon Lester (2-0, 1.50)

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 6.35); Red Sox — RHP Clay Buchholz (2-0, 0.64)

Monday: at Red Sox, 11:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.08); Red Sox — RHP Ryan Dempster (0-1, 3.60)

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