Quote of the day
"Heads-up, Mike Trout."
Rays manager Joe Maddon, on the 10-year, $292 million deal for the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (near right); Trout must have listened, agreeing Friday night to a six-year, $144.5M Angels extension
Rays manager Joe Maddon revealed a couple of planned wardrobe-themed trips for the regular season, saying they're going to do a Woodstock ("with a sprinkling" of James Brown) motif to Seattle in May. Channeling a scene from one of his favorite movies, 2008's Step Brothers, Maddon also wants to do a tuxedo trip. "That's kind of like the antithesis of who we are," he said. "But we definitely insist on jeans and sneakers to accent the tux."
LHP David Price will hold his third annual Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser tonight, with the event having raised $70,000 the past two years for Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information, visit bbbsfl.org or call (813) 769-3636. "It definitely makes a big difference in these kids' lives," Price said. "It's fun to be part of stuff like this." And how good is Price at bowling? "Pretty good," he says. "Better than my golf skills."
Rays CF Brandon Guyer made the play of the day to end the third inning Friday, a spectacular diving catch in left-center to rob Nick Castellanons and save at least one run. LHP Matt Moore said he was heading to cover third base when he saw Guyer in midair. "I was like, 'Holy cow,' " Moore said. "He was like a cheetah snagging a seagull out of the air. That was a very impressive catch."
With the Rays traveling to Montgomery, Ala., today to face their Double-A affiliate, the Biscuits tweeted a photo Thursday night that manager Joe Maddon's office is set up with a personal touch, a framed photo of his dog Winston.
Who is this Ray?
He played catcher and quarterback in college. Will open a South Tampa Italian restaurant this summer. He has lived in a 40-foot RV during spring training.
Rays at Montgomery (Double A)
When/where: 3:05 today; Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, Ala.
Pitchers: Rays — RH Chris Archer; Biscuits — TBA
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
RH Chris Archer will make his final spring start. Most of the regular lineup, including 3B Evan Longoria, will likely play deep into the game.
Monday (opening day): vs. Jays, 4:10 p.m. Rays — LHP David Price. Blue Jays — R.A. Dickey
Who is this Ray: Manager Joe Maddon
Joe Smith, Times staff writer