Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Paintball, golf and other recreational activities

Fore!

CF B.J. Upton's Advantica EyeCare team won the Rays' Charity Golf Classic at the Ritz Carlton Members Only Golf Club in Bradenton for the second straight year. The event raised close to $200,000 for the Rays Baseball Foundation.

Recreational activities

RHP James Shields has pretty good control. But principal owner Stuart Sternberg put on an impressive display of his box-ball skills, making a pink rubber ball dart at 90-degree angles and even come to a stop. … Andrew Friedman's front-office staff, led by minor-league ops man Patrick Walters, blasted interception-prone Chris Westmoreland's clubhouse staff in touch football 77-14.

Who is this Ray?

He had college scholarship offers in basketball and football. He has three brothers drafted by major-league teams. He proposed to his wife on the field in Montgomery, Ala.

Rays at Twins

When/where: 1:05 today; Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.

Tickets: $10-$43, available via twinsbaseball.com or by calling the stadium at 1-800-338-9467.

Radio: 620-AM

Rays information: 1-888-326-7297

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Dane De La Rosa, Jhonny Nunez, Ricky Orta, Ryan Reid, Wilking Rodriguez, Albert Suarez; Twins — Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing, Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett, Anthony Swarzak, Phil Dumatrait, Matt Maloney

Heads-up

Reid Brignac, who homered in the intrasquad game on Thursday, gets the first start in the spring-long battle at shortstop.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Twins — Terry Doyle

Monday: vs. Orioles *, 1:05. Rays — Wade Davis; Orioles — Alfredo Simon

Tuesday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Twins — TBA

* Value game, $2 off tickets

Who is this answer: INF Elliot Johnson

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Ball games

Ten Rays, including LHP David Price and RHP Wade Davis, got together Thursday afternoon with RHP Kyle Farnsworth and his buddies at the West Coast Center in Palmetto to play paintball. "It was a lot of fun," Farnsworth said, "and good to do something different with the guys." Price did surprisingly well. INF Elliot Johnson not as much, tweeting he was "Farnsworth's moving target practice," pointing out the different places he got hit. "He lit me up a number of times," Johnson said.

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Romo not the reason, but Rays streak ends at 6 with 5-2 loss to Angels

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Updated: 3 hours ago
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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Published: 05/20/18
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Updated: 05/20/18
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For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo on the mound for all to see

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo on the mound for all to see

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Rays journal: Good and bad injury news

Rays journal: Good and bad injury news

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