This note is about canines
1B/DH Shelley Duncan wouldn't have minded making a U-turn of course, but he was even more pleased to get the call Sunday afternoon that he was being called up before he, his wife and young twins had pulled out of Port Charlotte and started driving to Durham. Actually, Duncan said they might have already been on the road but the Camp Bow Wow facility in Sarasota where they had to pick up their dogs wasn't open yet. "The dogs saved us a long drive," he said.
This note is about K-9
It took until the last 24 hours to officially sell out today's opener, but tickets went quicker to the two sections behind their bullpen now themed to David Price's starts called District K-9. Fans there get a T-shirt and a "K" card. Since it went well, the Rays are selling $50 tickets there for Price's next scheduled start.
Quote of the day
"Does this make me the team (whipping boy)?"
RHP Alex Cobb, on being the only one of the Rays who will be experiencing his first opening day.
Warmup of the day
First the Rays and Orioles had batting practice at the Trop on Monday. Then the Trop game-day staff had gong-banging practice, preparing to debut the new gimmick today as the Rays take the field to the rock classic Bang a Gong (Get It On).
New 1B/DH Shelley Duncan will wear No. 15. … Injured RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo will wear No. 46. … Bullpen coach Stan Boroski is switching from No. 46 to 50.
Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 3:10 today, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: SOLD OUT. $19-300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Rays: LH David Price (20-5, 2.56 in '12)
Orioles: RH Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43)
Hey Clarence: Price, who named the AL Cy Young Award he won last year "Clarence," insists he can be a better pitcher. He is 6-2, 2.45 vs. the O's and last year allowed only one run over 221/3 innings in three starts.
Remember him: Hammel, who came up with the Rays and pitched parts of three seasons for them, went to Colorado and now stars in Baltimore. He pitched once vs. the Rays last year, allowed one run before leaving injured in the fourth.
Rays vs. Hammel
Yunel Escobar 2-for-14
Kelly Johnson 6-for-20 HR
James Loney 9-for-29 3 HR
Orioles vs. Price
Adam Jones 5-for-29
Nick Markakis 9-for-33
Matt Wieters 7-for-27
Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-11, 3.10 in '12); Orioles — LH Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02)
Thursday: vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 7.53); Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25)
Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (11-11, 3.81); Indians — Zach McAllister (6-8, 4.24)
Saturday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (11-9, 4.03); Indians — Scott Kazmir (did not pitch in 2012)
Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (20-5, 2.56); Indians — Justin Masterson (11-15, 4.93)
Rays disabled list
RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, eligible May 30
DH Luke Scott, calf strain, 15-day, eligible April 8.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer