Price's brush with fame
LHP David Price was excited to get to do a national TV commercial for the MB2K12 video game. And that was before he found out he'd be joined by Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Kate Upton, who leans in to give him personal instruction on playing. "I messed up multiple times just so she'd continue to do that," Price said. "We did at least 20 takes." And though he claims they hit it off and he'd like to invite her to a game, Price said, "B.J.'s still my favorite Upton." (To see the video, go to tampabay.com/blogs/rays)
Davis' brush with danger
RHP Wade Davis is an avid outdoorsman who once killed a bear with a crossbow, but he was shaken during a winter hunting outing in upstate New York, when he came within 4 feet of stepping on a young bear. The cub and another jumped up and Davis, fearing others were nearby, made sure his rifle was loaded and quickly retreated. "I walked backward for about 200 yards," he said.
Spring roster (59)
Pitchers (30): Chris Archer, Bryan Augenstein*, Burke Badenhop, Matt Bush, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, Wade Davis, Dane De La Rosa, Kyle Farnsworth, Marquis Fleming*, Brandon Gomes, Jeremy Hellickson, J.P. Howell, Josh Lueke, Jake McGee, Matt Moore, Jeff Niemann, Johnny Nunez*, Ricky Orta*, Joel Peralta, David Price, Cesar Ramos, Ryan Reid*, Fernando Rodney, Wilking Rodriguez, Romulo Sanchez*, James Shields, Albert Suarez, Matt Torra*, Alex Torres.
Catchers (8): Craig Albernaz*, Nevin Ashley*, Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez*, Jose Lobaton, Jose Molina, Mark Thomas*, Stephen Vogt.
Infielders (13): Tim Beckham*, Reid Brignac, Elliot Johnson, Jeff Keppinger, Hak-Ju Lee*, Evan Longoria, Matt Mangini*, Juan Miranda*, Carlos Pena, Will Rhymes*, Sean Rodriguez, Luke Scott, Ben Zobrist.
Outfielders (8): Brad Coon*, Jesus Feliciano*, Sam Fuld, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, Jeff Salazar*, B.J. Upton
* Non-roster invitee
Number of the day
7 Players on the 40-man roster new to the organization; last spring it was 13
Who is this Ray?
He is a member of one of the 18 trios of brothers to play in the major leagues, and the only one in which each has a World Series ring. He played previously with the Angels, Yankees and Jays.
Monday: Pitchers and catchers report to Port Charlotte
Tuesday: First workout
Saturday: Position players report
Feb. 26: First full-squad workout
March 1: Intrasquad game
March 3: Exhibition opener vs. Twins in Fort Myers
April 6: Season opener vs. Yankees at Tropicana Field
Tuesday's first workout for pitchers and catchers starts around 10 a.m. (subsequent days at 9:30) at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last 2½-3 hours. Admission and parking free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: 1-75 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.
Tickets: $9/12-27, available via raysbaseball.com, at the box office, and through Ticketmaster.
Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
All games 1:05 unless noted
3: at Twins
7: at Yankees
8: Tigers (ss)
at Twins (ss)
10: at Red Sox (7:05)
13: at Orioles
16: at Jays
17: at Pirates
18: Red Sox
20: at Marlins
22: at Pirates
23: Jays (7:05)
24: at Twins (3:05)
26: at Twins
27: at Red Sox (1:35)
28: Pirates (7:05)
29: at Phillies
30: at Pirates
31: Red Sox
1: at Orioles
3: at Twins
4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Tropicana Field
Who am I answer: C Jose Molina
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer