Meet the Rays
The always entertaining Tampa Bay Times Meet the Rays video series is now posted online at tbtim.es/meettherays. Hear from Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison plus a half-dozen other players and manager Kevin Cash about everything from their favorite shows to binge watch to dream vacation spots to time killers on their phones. Plus, there is a bonus video on just exactly what the other players think of Archer's wild hair.
Food for thought
Among new Trop food/drink items introduced Tuesday were 2-Seam Blonde Ale, a craft beer created in partnership with Green Bench Brewing, and a selection of crab cakes, turkey wraps and salads from Evan Longoria's Ducky's restaurant. See more, 2B.
RHP Erasmo Ramirez found a unique way to pass the time during Tuesday's delay — dancing. With rapper Silento's hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) playing over the loudspeaker, Ramirez showed off his moves outside the visitor's bullpen. Ramirez joked that he's already in regular-season form. "You have to keep the body warm," he said with a smile.
Quote of the day
"Give me the cake — the whole cake — but no icing on it."
Bench coach Tom Foley on the importance of infielders making routine plays instead of going for the highlight reel.
Number of the day
2 Times a game has been canceled while in progress because of rain this spring. The last was March 19 against the Orioles, which was called after Chris Archer threw just six pitches.
The dish Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; raysbaseball.com (signup required)
Tickets: See below.
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 South to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Drew Smyly, Dana Eveland, David Carpenter, Danny Farquhar, Andrew Bellatti, Erasmo Ramirez; Red Sox — William Cuevas, Noe Ramirez, Robbie Ross Jr.
Look for Smyly to throw about four innings and/or 60 pitches in his final spring tuneup.
Rays spring tickets: Range from $10-24, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).
Thursday: vs. Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Pirates — TBA
Friday: at Braves (Disney), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Braves — TBA; at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays —Matt Moore; Tigers — TBA
Start of regular season
Sunday: Season opener vs. Blue Jays, Tropicana Field, 4:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Jays — Marcus Stroman
Monday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — Drew Smyly; Jays — R.A. Dickey
Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Jays — Aaron Sanchez
Wednesday: vs. Jays, 1:10. Rays — Matt Moore; Jays — J.A. Happ
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer and Jeff Odom, Times correspondent.