Rays manager Joe Maddon keeps talking about all the talent that is not making the Opening Day roster, how major-league-ready players are being sent to minor-league camp with each round of cuts. That’s good news for Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo, who has taken the Bulls to the postseason six of his seven years on the job and won his second International League title last season.
“He better ‘Eat Last.’ ” Maddon said. “He might have a better chance to ‘Eat Last’ than we do.”
The Rays cooled off Friday against Blue Jays prize prospect RHP Aaron Sanchez, who held them to three hits in 51⁄3 innings as the Rays snapped a six-game winning streak with a 5-0 loss. Prior to that, the Rays were, as Maddon likes to say, “toasty.”
The Rays averaged 7.2 runs during the winning streak. They hit .333 and had at least three doubles in five of the six games.
RHP Alex Cobb will try to reach the 100-pitch plateau this afternoon against the visiting Orioles. It will also be the first time he’ll face big-league hitters since he allowed two hits in three scoreless innings March 7 against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Since then, Cobb has pitched in a minor-league game and a simulated game against minor-league hitters. He’s eager to face big-leaguers today so he can gauge how his pitches are coming along. He knows he got away with some mistakes against the minor-leaguers.
Remaining spring schedule
22: ORIOLES, 1:05
23: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05
24: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05
25: RED SOX, 1:05
26: ORIOLES, 7:05
27: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05
28: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05
29: at Montgomery (AA affiliate), 3:05
(Home games in CAPS)