TORONTO -- Luke Scott made his second start of the season at first base on Thursday night in the opening game of the Rays' four-game series against the Blue Jays.
Scott has been on the mend after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder last season, which has limited his duty primarily to designated hitter.
"I feel comfortable doing it," Scott said. "I've put my work in. It's not something that I've never done before. ... I feel like I can go out there and do a good job. So we'll go out there and see what happens."
Scott said that his shoulder and arm have greatly improved.
"I've been able to play first base since Spring Training, because the throws aren't very taxing on the arm," he said. "The thing is, we have a Gold Glove first baseman [Carlos Pena] over there, and he does a great job for us as well."
Scott noted that he is close to being ready to play in the outfield.
"Whether they want to use me out there or not," he said. "Just from a capability standpoint, I'm pretty close. I mean, I can run down fly balls, no problem, take good routes. It's just the throwing when a ball's down the line or to a gap and trying to hold a guy to a single from a double, and that's where the challenge is going to be, initially, when I get back out there. But I'm making good improvements."
When manager Joe Maddon was asked if Scott's use at first meant that Pena would not be playing as much, he said, "I'm going to utilize other people [at first], too, and just try and spot [Carlos] at the right time. There are just so many different combinations we've got going right now. And I'm just going to try and match up the right guys at the right time."
Maddon told reporters on Wednesday that he talked to Pena, who has been struggling, following Tuesday night's game after the veteran slugger struck out four times. And from that conversation, one could easily gather that the idea of sitting Pena, even for a little bit, has been a tough call for Maddon.
"It has nothing to do with whether you're in love with a guy personally. I mean, this guy is the best," Maddon said. "But I've got a greater commitment to the organization and the other guys. So, when at the end of the day you have other guys who are performing pretty well and they can do the same things, you have to make some tough decisions."
Price endures some adventures in travel
TORONTO -- After Wednesday night's win over the Rangers in Arlington, David Price discovered that something was missing -- his passport.
And a passport is needed to enter Canada, where Price will start for the Rays against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.
Initially, Price said, he panicked, but he ended up getting assistance from a friend, who went to Price's residence in Tampa and retrieved the passport.
While the team left on a charter flight after Wednesday's game, Price spent the night at a hotel at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. His friend met him on Thursday morning in Dallas, which allowed Price to catch a noon flight to Toronto rather than a flight to Tampa.
Had Price needed to go home, he would not have arrived in Toronto until approximately 10 p.m. ET on Thursday.
"If there's a bright spot, I guess it's that," Price said. "Other than wearing the same clothes for two straight days, I didn't have my toiletries. So I really have to brush my teeth right now."
While Price was suffering the embarrassment of forgetting his passport, the team did not have the easiest of trips, getting into Toronto at 3 a.m. on Thursday.
"I probably had a better 16 hours than everybody else," Price said, "staying in there, not having to get in at 3 in the morning. I mean, I went to sleep at 11:30. I was so mad that I woke up at 9."
When asked if there had been a lesson learned, Price shot back: "Just don't forget your passport."
On Thursday the Rays found themselves in the top spot on Bloomberg's Businessweek's list of the "Smartest Spenders in Sports," the second annual ranking of 122 MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL franchises. The study measures money spent per win over the last five seasons (including 2012 for MLB), with extra credit given for records above .500, playoff wins and championships. The Rays were followed by the Texas Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
On Wednesday night, exactly two weeks after Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Rays, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, were on the wrong end of a perfect game by Palm Beach Cardinals right-hander Chris Corrigan.
Sam Fuld enjoyed celebrity status among the Toronto media on Thursday, who asked him about his discussion with Jose Bautista. The Toronto slugger revealed that he had sought advice from Fuld when considering whether to have surgery to fix a problem with the tendon in his left wrist. Bautista's problem is similar to the one Fuld experienced in his right tendon.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.