'Mudders' of the day
Maddon said the best part of Sunday was the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, playing pre-game after playing in Tampa on Friday night. "Day game after a night game," Maddon said. "In the rain, they're good mudders."
Gift of the day
LHP David Price had a Braves jersey of his favorite player, David Justice, hanging in a locker next to his. Price, top right, said a woman sent it to him through pitching coach Jim Hickey at a game in Clearwater, and that the jersey was her late son's. Price didn't know the woman but planned to reach out to her. Justice, bottom right, "was (her son's) favorite player as well, so it's pretty cool," Price said.
Number of the day
.222 Batting average for the Rays this spring, the lowest in the majors.
Rays at Twins
When/where: 1:05 today; Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
Tickets: $10-$40, available at box office, through twinsbaseball.com or call toll-free 1-800-338-9467.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Pitchers: Rays — Jeff Niemann; Twins— Scott Baker
Niemann, a candidate for the fifth starter spot, will make his final start before the decision is announced.
Tuesday: at Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — James Shields; Red Sox — TBD
All games 1:05 unless noted
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 free-spirited left-handed reliever who returned from shoulder surgery last year. His wife, Heather, is an author, writer and broadcast journalist.
Who is this answer: LHP J.P. Howell
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Future coach of the day
Among those reassigned was C Craig Albernaz, the former Eckerd College player who has spent six years in the minor-league system filling in at different levels and who participated in major-league camp the past four. "This guy's got coach written all over him," manager Joe Maddon said. "That would be a great tattoo."