Friday, January 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Wil Myers draws crowd, won't cut hair

Family affair

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.

Presidential honors

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.

The dish

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.

Heads-up

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.

Exhibition schedule

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.

Feb.

28 Orioles

March

1 at Pirates

2 Twins

3 Phillies

4 at Red Sox

5 Yankees

6 at Orioles

7 at Blue Jays

8 Pirates

9 at Yankees

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates

16 Red Sox

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

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

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

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

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