Quote of the day
"Believe me, man, I could sit here and try to go back and forth and none of it's going to make any sense."
Manager Joe Maddon, on the tough call between Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis for the final rotation spot.
Accomplishment of the day
Matt Moore started the 2010 season at Class A Charlotte and last year at Double-A Montgomery; now he'll open this season in the majors. "If that was something you asked me last year I would say that was pretty far-fetched," Moore said. "So I'm very excited about that."
0 of the day
The Rays were shut out for the third time this spring, matching their 2003 mark for most in the exhibition season. … The 8-0 loss matched their worst spring shutout, also to Boston, in 2001.
Payback of the day
Elliot Johnson and Matt Joyce are constantly on each other, and Joyce had been kidding Johnson that for being such a good athlete "he had an un-athletic swing." But then Johnson hit a massive homer Monday — and watched it go — and Joyce said he got the message. "I guess he showed me," he said.
Rays vs. Pirates
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $9. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
Gates open: 4:30 p.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 is on the left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 4.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell; Pirates — Charlie Morton, Evan Meek, Chris Leroux, Jared Hughes
Rodney and Peralta complete their first back-to-back outings of the spring.
Who is this Ray?
He played for eight teams during 16 seasons in the majors. He was in uniform for the Rays 1998 inaugural game. He got the first hit in franchise history.
Thursday: at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Phils — Cole Hamels
Friday: at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. Rays — TBA; Pirates — Brad Lincoln
Saturday: Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
1: at Orioles
3: at Twins
4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40 , at Trop.
* Value game, $2 off
Who is this answer: Bench coach Dave Martinez.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer