The Rays have Friday off this week, which is about as odd as it seems.
It’s part of a recent Major League Baseball scheduling change, allowing teams who are hosting two-game series — usually against division rivals or interleague opponents — to try to boost attendance by playing on Saturday and Sunday rather than the usual mid-week slots. There are five other such series on the schedule, including St. Louis at Oakland this weekend.
The Rays host the Marlins Saturday and Sunday.
Still, it’s weird.
“That’s odd," manager Kevin Cash said. “I don’t think I’ve ever have had a Friday off."
Actually, the Rays did last year, but under unusual circumstance: They were playing the Red Sox in their home opener on a Thursday, and Friday was kept open in case there was a weather postponement. (It snowed on Friday, as it turned out, Cash noting, “we weren’t playing anyways.")
The only other time in 22 seasons the Rays were off on a Friday came in even odder situations. In 2004 they opened the season playing two regular-seasons games in Japan against the Yankees, then came out and Thursday and Friday off before resuming play with an exhibition game on Saturday, then got back to regular-season play.