Quote of the day
"I like the way Carlos is swinging a lot — not a little bit, a lot. I want him to stay right like that. Carlos is going to swing and miss sometimes, that's just who he is. … But from where he's hitting from right now, I see him having a chance to be more consistent with the long ball and well-struck balls in general when he gets to it."
Manager Joe Maddon on 1B Carlos Peña, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and is hitting .107 this spring
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 — Jeremy Hellickson, relievers TBD; Twins— Liam Hendriks, Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Alex Burnett, Kyle Waldrop, Jeff Gray
DH Luke Scott, OF Matt Joyce and INFs Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac are scheduled to make the trip to Fort Myers today.
Wednesday: vs. Future Rays, 1:40 p.m., at Tropicana Field. Rays — LHP Matt Moore; Future Rays — TBD. Tickets $10, general admission.
Thursday: Optional workout, 9:30 a.m., Tropicana Field. Closed to public.
Friday: Season opener, vs. Yankees, 3:10 p.m., Tropicana Field. Rays — James Shields; Yankees — CC Sabathia. Sold out.
Saturday: vs. Yankees, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field. Rays — David Price; Yankees — Hiroki Kuroda
Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40 p.m., Tropicana Field. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson. Yankees — Phil Hughes
Who is this Ray?
He's a coach who played 13 big-league seasons, all in the National League. He played all four infield positions, while also playing one game in the outfield and pitching in a game.
Who is this answer: Third-base coach Tom Foley
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
A banner day
Prior to Friday's opening day game with the Yankees, the Rays will raise a 2011 AL wild-card banner to hang on the catwalk with the 2008 and 2010 flags.
Did you know?
The Rays and Orioles each have six ties this spring, more than any other team since the Elias Sports Bureau began tracking stats in 1993.
Number of the day
2-5-1 Rays record against the Twins this spring, heading into today's final matchup in Fort Myers.