Shift-beater, Part I
The Red Sox put a defensive shift on against lefty-swinging DH Luke Scott in the first inning, loading up the right side. So Scott dropped a bunt down the third-base line, reaching first base with ease. With the Rays playing Boston 18 times during the season, Scott felt it was a good idea to put that thought in their mind. "If it's there, you take it," manager Joe Maddon said.
Shift-beater, Part II
With Scott up again in the fifth and OF Matt Joyce on second, the Red Sox did a modified shift, with their third baseman in the shortstop area. So Joyce jogged to third, picking up his first steal of the spring.
Announcement of the day
In the top of the third, there was a smaller Ray tossing in the bullpen. Then came the announcement in the press box, "Warming up in the Rays bullpen, No. 46½, Clayton Boroski," son of bullpen coach Stan Boroski.
Tuesday: at Marlins, 1:05. Rays — Wade Davis, Marquis Fleming, Jhonny Nunez, Ryan Reid. Marlins — TBD
Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 1:05. Rays — Kyle Farnsworth. Yankees — Phil Hughes, relievers TBD
Thursday: at Pirates, 1:05. Rays — TBD. Pirates — TBD
RHP Jeremy Hellickson is scheduled to throw in a minor-league game today in Port Charlotte.
All games 1:05 unless noted
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 Trop
* Value game, $2 off
Who is this Ray?
He's a reliever who, after being designated for assignment by the Yankees after last spring training, played for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan and was teammates with former Ray Akinori Iwamura. Who is this answer: RHP Romulo Sanchez
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Support of the day
RHP James Shields took a spin on the golf cart to the backfields Sunday morning to watch LHP David Price throw in a minor-league game. Price appreciated the support but pointed out he made the trip to Tampa to watch Shields and teammates against the Yankees earlier this spring. "I go to Tampa, he goes to the backfield," Price said, smiling. "It's cool."
Number of the day
7,826 Attendance Sunday, eight shy of a Rays spring training record.