Rays' Snell a lefty thrower but a righty signer

MARC TOPKIN   |   Times
Published March 1, 2016

Double-take of the day

Yes, that's hot prospect LHP Blake Snell signing autographs after Monday's workout. And, yes, he's signing right-handed. Snell always writes right-handed. Actually, he does pretty much everything right-handed. "Besides," he said, "throwing a baseball." Those LHPs have their quirks, as Matt Moore plays golf right-handed while doing everything else lefty.

Number of the day

81½ Over-under betting line on Rays wins, per the Bovada online site. That's fourth most in the AL East, with the Red Sox tops at 861/2. Joe Maddon's Cubs are No. 1 overall at 92½.

Quote of the day

"I went deep in the pool."

OF Steven Souza, on taking swings with a foam-covered weight in the pool as part of his injury rehab.

The dish

Today's abbreviated full-squad workout starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last just 1 hour. Admission and parking are free. 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. Information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads up

The most important part of today's workout will take part behind closed doors, as 1B coach Rocco Baldelli will lead a meeting on baserunning philosophy and decision-making. The onfield highlight will be batting practice from 10-10:30.

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Nats, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Nats — RH Tanner Roark

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — RH Erasmo Ramirez; Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez

Friday: vs. Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Red Sox — RH Joe Kelly

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at, by calling toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS (326-7297), 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.


5 at Orioles, 7:05 (Sarasota)

6 vs. Twins

7 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)

8 at Tigers (Lakeland)

9 vs. Blue Jays

10 vs. Pirates

11 at Pirates (Bradenton)

12 vs. Yankees

13 vs. Red Sox, at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

14 at Braves (Disney)

15 vs. Phillies

16 OFF

17 at Phillies (Clearwater)

18 vs. Red Sox

19 vs. Orioles

20 at Orioles (Sarasota)

21 TBA (Cuba?)

22 TBA (Cuba?)

23 at Twins (Fort Myers)

24 at Yankees, 6:35 (Tampa)

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05 (Bradenton)

27 vs. Blue Jays

28 OFF

29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates


1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer