False tweet alert
A Twitter account in the name of new Rays C Ryan Hanigan surfaced this week, complete with a photo from a spring workout, but it's a fake. Hanigan, a philosophy major in college, has many interests but, thus far, not in getting on social media. "I'd probably be complacent, not put much on there and let a lot of people down," he said.
The Rays are finalizing their media guide, which has a slick (fielding) cover featuring INFs Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist and James Loney. The book will be available for purchase later this spring.
Quote of the day
"That's all I need to know, that my granddaughter Tyler loved it."
Rays manager Joe Maddon on the reaction to his Mr. Potato Head promo item
Who is this Ray?
Shared high school co-conference player of the year honor with Rays RHP Chris Archer. Set the Catawba College home run record. Was 25th-round pick by Dodgers.
Today's first full-squad workout starts at 10 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last about 2½ 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.
Always entertaining popup drills get under way around 11:30, and hitters will take batting practice — with coaches throwing — starting around noon.
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: INF/OF Jerry Sands
Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.
Call it WIL-TV
OF Wil Myers turned videographer for the day, sporting a GoPro video camera on his hat during batting practice for the RaysVision production crew. "This will be kind of cool, I guess, for people to see what it's like," he said. "I could tell it was on there, but it wasn't like a distraction."
Hello, it's the '00s calling
Wednesday's biggest surprise was that principal owner Stuart Sternberg is now using an iPhone, having finally made the break from the Blackberry 4.6 flip phone he had for years. Sternberg held out until November to switch to first real smartphone: "I couldn't take a chance during the season."