Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays to get look at two prospects they turned away

Semi-familiar faces

The Nats aren't bringing any of their star players on the 3½-plus hour trip from Viera, but their travel squad does include two interesting names: INF Trea Turner and RHP Joe Ross, two promising young players who could have been Rays. The Padres gave the then-prospects up in the Wil Myers trade, but the Rays opted to send them on to Washington for OF Steven Souza Jr.

Ceremonially speaking

Today's exhibition opener is military appreciation day, with pregame ceremonies including a parachute team delivering an American flag and first-pitch ball. The Rays donated 300 tickets for Charlotte County-area veterans.

Quote of the day

"The lottery I'd like to win is for a first-round draft pick."

Principal owner Stuart Sternberg, joking about the Rays being picked to play in Cuba

The dish Rays vs. Nationals

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.

Radio: raysbaseball.com (signup required)

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-29, berm/boardwalk $10; available via 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.)

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: 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.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Pitchers: Rays — Jake Odorizzi, Andrew Bellatti, Enny Romero, Blake Snell, Taylor Guerrieri, Mark Sappington, Eddie Gamboa; Nationals — Tanner Roark, Joe Ross, Austin Voth, Rafael Martin, Sammy Solis, Matt Grace, Wander Suero, Paulo Espino, Abel De Los Santos, Erik Davis

Heads-up

Though RHP Jake Odorizzi is starting, there will be lots of eyes on top LHP prospect Blake Snell, who, after making a strong impression early in camp, is slated to make his big-league exhibition debut in relief.

On deck

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — RH Erasmo Ramirez; Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez

Friday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Red Sox — RH Joe Kelly

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

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, by 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.

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

March

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 OFF

22 at 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

28 OFF

29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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