INF/OF Sean Rodriguez reported with news that his wife, Giselle, is due to deliver their fourth child in April. "We've got a starting infield, first to third," he said.
In honor of President's Day, the Rays noted that though no POTUS has attended a Rays game, David Price introduced a then-campaigning Barack Obama at a 2008 rally in Tampa and that Heath Bell met President Obama at the 2009 All-Star Game.
Number of the day
16 Position players, of 24 total, who have reported in advance of Thursday's first full-squad workout. Not here yet are Wilson Betemit, Yunel Escobar, Logan Forsythe, Desmond Jennings, James Loney, Evan Longoria, Ray Olmedo and Ben Zobrist.
List of the day
First time for everything
Three Rays have hit home runs in their first plate appearance at the Trop:
Wil Myers, 6/24/13, vs. Toronto
Joe Dillon, 5/30/09, vs. Minnesota
Terry Shumpert, 5/31/03, vs. Boston
Who is this Ray?
Both his parents played college basketball. His grandfather owns an 800-acre dairy farm. His father was a high school teacher in California whose students included former Ray James Shields. He was acquired in a trade.
Today's workout for pitchers and catchers starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last about two hours. Admission and parking free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½ -2 hours. Suggested route: I-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. For more information: (941) 235-5025.
LHP David Price heads the pitchers throwing pen sessions, joined by RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Grant Balfour, RHP Jake Odorizzi and newcomers RHP Nathan Karns and LHP Erik Bedard. Action starts around 10:05.
Rays tickets: Single-game range from $10-$29, available at raysbaseball.com, via phone (toll-free 1-800-745-3000), CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.), all Ticketmaster outlets.
All games 1:05 unless noted.
1 at Pirates
4 at Red Sox
6 at Orioles
7 at Blue Jays
9 at Yankees
10 at Red Sox
12 at Blue Jays
14 at Braves
15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates
16 Red Sox
18 at Twins, 7:05
19 at Orioles
20 Twins, 7:05
21 Blue Jays
23 at Red Sox
24 at Twins
25 Red Sox
26 Orioles 7:05
27 at Orioles, 7:05
28 at Tigers
29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05
Who is this Ray: LHP Mike Montgomery
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Quotes of the day
"Somebody said where are all the fans from (Saturday) and then we remembered Wil was here and hitting on the other field. That's where I'd be."
— LHP Matt Moore, on Wil Myers' first day in camp
"Yeah, I'd be surprised if he cut his hair. I'd be surprised if he combed his hair."
— OF Matt Joyce, talking about Myers