Remaining exhibition games
Tickets: $10-27, available at raysbaseball.com, Charlotte Sports Park and Trop box offices, Tampa team store, through Ticketmaster.
Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
All games 1:05 unless noted
28: vs. Tigers
1: at Jays
2: vs. Orioles
3: vs. Twins
4: at Red Sox, 1:35
5: at Twins
7: at Pirates
8: vs. Phillies
9: at Phillies
10: vs. Red Sox
11: vs. Twins, 7:05
12: vs. Yankees
14: at Orioles
15: vs. Phillies
16: vs. Red Sox
17: at Red Sox, 1:35
19: at Tigers
20: at Twins, 7:05
21: vs. Jays
22: vs. Orioles, at Pirates
23: vs. Twins
24: at Yankees
25: vs. Pirates, 7:05
26: at Phillies
27: vs. Jays
28: at Orioles, 7:05
29: at Tigers
30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10
And the Oscar goes to …
New 1B James Loney is something of a movie buff, and having seen most of the Oscar-nominated flicks, he agreed to share his picks. Best picture — Silver Linings Playbook. "It was a 'real' movie," Loney said. "It had a lot of truth to it, a lot of real-life situations, a lot of stuff people don't talk about." Best actor — Denzel Washington, Flight. Best supporting actor — Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained. Best actress — Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty. Best supporting actress — Sally Field, Lincoln.
Manager Joe Maddon had a fine time Friday night during a charity reception at the expansive (like the size of the team clubhouse) Tampa home of philanthropists Eddie and Candy DeBartolo Jr., calling them "unbelievably nice people." But then Maddon had a fine mess trying to leave his South Tampa home Saturday morning due to the Gasparilla race — "like a rat in a maze" — then was shut out at Starbucks by the water problems and ended up stopping for gas and coffee at the RaceTrac store on the St. Pete side of the Gandy Bridge.
Numbers of the day
34, 13 Players and pitchers used in Saturday's games.
Center of attention
When minor-leaguers such as OF Kevin Kiermaier get to play in big-league spring games, they hope to get noticed. Just not necessarily the way Kiermaier did Saturday, stumbling to the ground after colliding with Pittsburgh's first baseman after hitting a two-run double and requiring medical attention. "I like saying I play hard, but tripping over someone doesn't really define you as playing hard," he said. "But if it takes that to have a double and get us closer to a win, I'll take it."
Who is this Ray?
He went 14-0, 0.10 as a high school senior in Illinois. Passed on an offer from Louisville to go into pro ball. Has been traded twice in two years.
The dish: Rays at Twins
When/where: 1:05 today; Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
Tickets: $10-40, available through twinsbaseball.com, 1-800-33TWINS
Pitchers: Rays — Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Frank De Los Santos, Will Inman, Matt Nevarez, Jimmy Patterson, Juan Sandoval, Alex Torres, Kirby Yates; Twins — Liam Hendricks, Glen Perkins, Jared Burton, Brian Duensing, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, P.J. Walters
Veterans don't usually play back-to-back games yet, but Ben Zobrist, who started in rightfield Saturday, is DHing today to aide his prep for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
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Who is this Ray? RHP Jake Odorizzi
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Monday: vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves
Tuesday: vs. Astros, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Astros — TBA
Wednesday: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Pirates — TBA
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