Did you know?
The Rays' 19-4 loss Saturday matched their largest margin of defeat in spring training, tying a 20-5 loss at the Twins on March 6, 1998. But it wasn't the most runs they've given up in a spring game; they lost 23-9 to Texas on March 21, 2000.
Quote of the day
"Since I've been here, and almost any place I've been, I've never seen as many good bullpen candidates in a camp."
Rays manager Joe Maddon on the bullpen competition
Number of the day
5 Homers by the Twins in Saturday's game
Rays vs. Marlins
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com, Ticketmaster, Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, and Tampa team store
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex on the left.
Parking: $10; lots open at 4
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Pitchers: Rays — Wade Davis, J.P. Howell, Burke Badenhop; Marlins — Josh Johnson, Jose Ceda, Edward Mujica, Rob Delaney
Davis, competing for the fifth rotation spot, will start on the mound.
Monday: at Twins, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Twins — Scott Baker
All games 1:05 unless noted
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 is a versatile player competing for the starting shortstop spot. His father, Johnny, is a long-time baseball man and manager of the Class A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League.
Who is this answer: INF Sean Rodriguez
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Missing Springsteen Part I
While manager Joe Maddon wasn't able to attend Friday's Bruce Springsteen concert in Tampa due to the Rays game, he heard rave reviews. "He did it in 'another way,' from what I was told, similar to what the Rays did last year," Maddon said. "Different music, I guess a big horn section, but a lot of energy. Sounded like a great night."
Missing Springsteen Part II
Maddon said Blue Jays manager John Farrell passed him a note during the early innings of Friday's 7 p.m. game at Charlotte Sports Park, reminding him of the obvious. "He says, 'Look at the time, do you realize Springsteen should be going on right about now? This should have been a 1 o'clock game.' I said, hey, it absolutely should have been. That is like the worst scheduling in the history of spring training baseball."