2B Will Rhymes, left, said it was just a reaction play when he decided to use his glove to flip a fifth-inning grounder by Donovan Solano about 35 feet to 1B Carlos Peña. RHP Alex Cobb had deflected the ball in a diving attempt, and Rhymes didn't know how fast Solano was. But manager Joe Maddon thought Rhymes earned some style points with the scoop. "I thought he had time to take it out of his glove, but with the advent of SportsCenter, it's almost cooler to flip it with the glove," Maddon said. "Who would blame him?"
Guests of the day
Pitching coach Jim Hickey spent a good amount of time before Sunday's game throwing batting practice to members of the Wounded Warriors, severely injured military service members. Several pitchers, including LHP David Price, watched and cheered them on, with Price shagging their hits. Tweeted Price: "They are dropping bombs!!"
Number of the day
Earned run allowed by the Rays in 33 innings pitched over the three-game series with the Marlins.
Partying with the president
The Rays have a habit of bringing in guests for their music-filled clubhouse celebrations after wins, and on Sunday, it was team president Matt Silverman, who managed to escape unscathed and smiling. "I'm like, 'Hey, this is the guy that signs our checks, yeah!' " 1B Carlos Peña said, laughing. "We always try to keep it loose, and for him to come in here means a lot to us. He works really hard, and it's tough to be behind the scenes in the office. But he was just a kid with us, and that was awesome."
Giveaway of the day
LHP David Price was excited to get one of the Velcro "David Price" jersey wallets the Rays gave to fans for the game, saying he planned on "making it my wallet." Price got a few extra and started a Twitter contest, asking fans to guess the final score of Sunday's game before the first pitch, and they'd get a wallet.
Number of the day 2
14-3 Rays record on getaway days, the last game of a homestand or any road series.
Tuesday: at Nationals, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-4, 3.01); Nationals — Chien-Ming Wang (2-2, 4.67)
Wednesday: at Nationals, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.45); Nationals — Stephen Strasburg (8-1, 2.45)
Thursday: at Nationals, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (4-5, 4.16); Nationals — Gio Gonzalez (8-3, 2.52)