The Rays get their first opportunity to see how replay works this afternoon when they play the Blue Jays in Dunedin. It is the Rays’ first televised game this spring (it is available in the Toronto market and will be shown on MLB Network).
Rain washed out Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Orioles in Sarasota, but Rays pitchers, namely LHP David Price, were able to get in their work.
PORT CHARLOTTE – This afternoon’s Rays-Orioles game has been rained out.
The Rays hit three home runs (2B Ben Zobrist, CF Desmond Jennings, DH Matt Joyce) in Wednesday’s 5-4 win against the visiting Yankees.
Because of the Trop's unforgiving turf, what Rays outfielders can expect: sore knees, achy hips and a tight back.
CF Desmond Jennings arrived in camp 8 to 10 pounds heavier than he’s been in the past. The reason, he said, is to be at his normal playing weight after dropping his usual 10 pounds over the course of spring training.
LHP Cesar Ramos has suddenly and mysteriously moved into the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, turning what was a two-man competition between RHP Jake Odorizzi and LHP Erik Bedard into a three-man race.
Jake McGee put his curveball on the shelf in 2010 in favor of a slider when he moved to the bullpen at Triple-A Durham. But now he is working on the curveball again, to keep hitters off balance.
Number of the day: Seven, as in pitchers used Tuesday against the Red Sox, two fewer than the Rays used the last time the teams met.
FORT MYERS – Add Cesar Ramos’ name to the list of candidates for the fifth starter’s spot in the Tampa Bay Rays rotation.