Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Who's on first, Fuld or Price? Price's ticket giveaway

Who's on First? Ask Sam or David

Rays OF Sam Fuld and LHP David Price joined the fun for an ESPN piece, led by late-night talker Jimmy Fallon, to mark the 75th anniversary of the famous Abbott & Costello skit Who's on First. Fuld, who had experience from a grade school performance, said it was cool to reenact. Price, a Vanderbilt product, said, "It was pretty fun watching a Stanford guy get flustered."

Quote of the day

"There is white smoke."

manager Joe Maddon, on the Rays reaching a decision on the fifth starter in the pitching rotation

Price giveaway

David Price began doling out the 100 tickets he has for Tuesday's opener. He offered some on Twitter (@DAVIDprice14), gave some away at breakfast, some to people in his condo and even a few pair to Rays-clad fans as he left Ed Smith Stadium after pitching. He'll continue today.

Clubhouse chatter

The Rays worked out at the Trop on Thursday, and the clubhouse has a different look besides new carpet and TVs. Jeff Niemann moved into the double-wide locker James Shields used, and Luke Scott took over the corner locker used last by B.J. Upton. Yunel Escobar is between Jose Molina and Evan Longoria. Kelly Johnson got Carlos Peña's locker, which comes with the expectation of nearly poetic soliloquies. Home clubhouse manager Chris Westmoreland kept David Price and Fernando Rodney in their same lockers, knowing not to mess with success.

Horsing around

Adding to the feel — though not necessarily the smell — of a big event, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses and beer wagon will be part of Tuesday's opening day festivities. They will appear outside Gate 1 (1 to 2 p.m.) and Gate 4 (2 to 3 p.m.).

Who is this Ray?

Played 40 games for the 1983 Mariners as his only big-league experience. Underwent seven surgeries, which limited his playing career. Hosted a sports talk-radio show before joining the Rays organization.

The dish

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 1:05 today; Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland

Tickets: $15-$35; tigers.com, toll-free 1-866-668-4437

Pitchers: Rays — Jeremy Hellickson, Cesar Ramos; Tigers — Max Scherzer, Brayan Villarreal, Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel

Heads-up

Coming off a night game and with their final exhibition at the Trop on Saturday, the Rays are expected to leave most of their big-name players home today.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Tigers, at Trop, 1:10. Rays — Matt Moore; Tigers — Doug Fister

Sunday: Off

Monday: Workout at Trop, closed to the public

Tuesday: Season opener, vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price; Orioles — Jason Hammel

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez

Who is this Ray? Coach Jamie Nelson

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