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Rays' Andriese showing more velocity this spring

Number of the day

94 Speed brandished by Rays reliever Matt Andriese during his scoreless three innings. Andriese, who had five stints with the Rays in 2015 as a spot starter and long reliever, has allowed two hits in five scoreless innings this spring. "We saw it spike a little bit last year," manager Kevin Cash said. "But it looks like he's come in maintaining that and maybe a tick even higher."

Local heroes

Today is Heroes Day at Charlotte Sports Park to honor Charlotte County area first responders. Employees of county area police and fire departments, EMTs and other first-responder organizations receive free admission with their employee ID badges.

The ultimate cutoff play

Rays coaches, players and staffers will shave their heads for the fifth straight year before Saturday's game against the Yankees in Port Charlotte as part of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for a Cure. For a $50 donation to PCF, fans can shave their heads with the Rays and receive a special Rays Cut for the Cure cap.

The dish Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Radio: 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 — Chris Archer, Xavier Cedeno, Alex Colome, Ryan Webb, Dana Eveland, Enny Romero; Jays — J.A. Happ, Connor Greene, Wade LeBlanc, Arnold Leon, David Aardsma, Pat Venditte, Scott Diamond

Heads-up

The infield trio of 3B Evan Longoria, SS Brad Miller and 2B Logan Forsythe will be together again today, which manager Kevin Cash said is a priority to integrate Miller into their shifting system.

On deck

Thursday: vs. Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Drew Smyly; Pirates — Francisco Liriano

Friday: at Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Pirates — TBA

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Yankees — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: From $10-29, 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.). Prices increase to $15-$32 on March 12-13. All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

March

13 vs. Red Sox, at Jays

14 at Braves

15 vs. Phillies

17 at Phillies

18 vs. Red Sox

19 vs. Orioles

20 at Orioles

22 at Cuban national team (Havana)

23 at Twins

24 at Yanks, 6:35

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05

27 vs. Jays

29 at Jays

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves, at Tigers

Rays' Andriese showing more velocity this spring 03/08/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 7:19pm]
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