Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Four prospects on Baseball America list; J.P. Howell critiques performance giving urine sample

Key dates

Saturday: Position players report

Sunday: 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

The dish

Today's workout for pitchers and catchers starts at around 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and lasts 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.

Heads up: Among the pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today are RHP James Shields and LHPs David Price and Moore. The "action" starts around 10:30.

Rays tickets: $9/12-27, available via raysbaseball.com, at box office, through Ticketmaster.

Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

All games 1:05 unless noted.

March

3: at Twins

4: Twins

5: Orioles

6: Twins

7: at Yankees

8: Tigers (ss)

at Twins (ss)

9: Orioles

10: at Red Sox (7:05)

11: Pirates

12: Twins

13: at Orioles

14: Marlins

15: Phillies

16: at Jays

17: at Pirates

18: Red Sox

19: Off

20: at Marlins

21: Yankees

22: at Pirates

23: Jays (7:05)

24: at Twins (3:05)

25: Marlins

26: at Twins

27: at Red Sox (1:35)

28: Pirates (7:05)

29: at Phillies

30: at Pirates

31: Red Sox

April

1: at Orioles

2: Twins

3: at Twins

4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Tropicana Field

Who is this answer: RHP Brandon Gomes

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I was a little too strong; a little too much movement."

LHP J.P. Howell, on his performance during Tuesday's physical exam giving a urine specimen

List of the day

Baseball America included four Rays among its ranking of the top 100 prospects:

2. LHP Matt Moore .

44. SS Hak-Ju Lee

89. RHP Chris Archer

90. RHP Taylor Guerrieri



The Maddon rule? The Fuld rule?

MLB is trying to close a loophole exploited last season by Rays manager Joe Maddon, who had OF Sam Fuld warm up on the mound in Milwaukee so Cesar Ramos had more time in the bullpen. With the change to Rule 3.05, managers are now prohibited from having a pitcher warm up "with no intention" of having him pitch because a reliever isn't ready. Asked if it should be known as the Maddon Rule, he told the AP's Fred Goodall: "Make it the Sam Fuld Rule. I'm good with that."

Number of the day

14 Position players, of 21, who reported early.

Who is this Ray?

He pitched collegiately at Tulane. His dad built him a new electric guitar to replace one destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. He was married in November, to a former college soccer player. He was acquired in trade from San Diego.

Comments
Longtime fan Dick Vitale sounds off on Rays’ latest roster moves

Longtime fan Dick Vitale sounds off on Rays’ latest roster moves

Longtime and extremely popular ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale is arguably the Rays' most prominent fan.The Lakewood Ranch resident has season tickets adjacent to the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field and is often seen at Rays games.A...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Rays tread new turf (literally) for second straight year

Rays tread new turf (literally) for second straight year

PORT CHARLOTTE — Tropicana Field is getting new turf — again.Shaw Sports will replace the surface installed last spring in a mutual decision with the Rays that it did not look as good — from the stands or on TV — as expected.T...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Steven Souza on Rays roster moves: ‘This is not a shocker’

Steven Souza on Rays roster moves: ‘This is not a shocker’

RF Steven Souza Jr., returned to camp today after missing four days to attend to family matters in Seattle.He did not go into detail about why left. When asked if everyone in his family is okay, he said, "Right now. We'll just leave it at that."Souza...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Who is new Rays 1B/DH C.J. Cron? 10 things to know

Who is new Rays 1B/DH C.J. Cron? 10 things to know

Acquired Saturday night from the Angels (for a player to be named – a minor-leaguer, and not a top prospect), 1B/DH C.J. Cron is expected to join the Rays today in Port Charlotte.Here are 10 things to know about him:1. Full name: Christopher Jo...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Is ‘The Ray Tank’ a noun, or a verb?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Is ‘The Ray Tank’ a noun, or a verb?

The name of the Rays’ new blog, "The Ray Tank’’, inadvertently took on new meaning for fans following the departures of Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson this past weekend.Rick Stroud has the latest from Port Charlotte in his latest podcast, as Kevin...
Updated: 6 hours ago
As Kevin Kiermaier blasts changes, Rays see empowered Kevin Cash as stabilizer

As Kevin Kiermaier blasts changes, Rays see empowered Kevin Cash as stabilizer

PORT CHARLOTTE — The list of those no longer with the team was going to be noteworthy no matter what Monday as the holdovers, newcomers and wannabes gathered for the first full-squad workout in Camp Dis-A-Ray.Then even before Rays manager Kevin...
Published: 02/19/18
Ray Tank: Fans have fun with name of team’s new blog

Ray Tank: Fans have fun with name of team’s new blog

Rays fans upset about the team's recent moves found the perfect target for their ridicule Monday when the team announced the name of its new blog.The Ray Tank.Announcing... The Ray Tank!Our new blog will have behind-the-scenes stories, photos, and mo...
Published: 02/19/18
Rays journal: Matt Andriese not mad (but not happy either) with move to bullpen

Rays journal: Matt Andriese not mad (but not happy either) with move to bullpen

PORT CHARLOTTE — Having spent the offseason preparing for a spot in the rotation, RHP Matt Andriese said he was initially "shocked" when told Sunday that he will begin the season in the bullpen."Ultimately, I'm not happy with the decision," And...
Published: 02/19/18
The Yankees’ show of shows is off and homering

The Yankees’ show of shows is off and homering

TAMPA — Move over, Hamilton.The show of shows began Monday at Steinbrenner Field. The Boss would have loved it. Yankees shock and awe began during the first full workout. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton took batting practice. The mere sight o...
Published: 02/19/18
On deck in Rays ballpark quest: Tampa Bay’s business community

On deck in Rays ballpark quest: Tampa Bay’s business community

TAMPA — Columbia Restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart says he’s ready to put his checkbook where his heart is when it comes to supporting a Tampa Bay Rays move to Ybor City.So is the investment fund for the founding family of Ashley Furniture. So, it ap...
Published: 02/19/18