2/15/2013 1:41 P.M. ET
Odorizzi feels right at home in Rays' camp
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jake Odorizzi, who is ranked as the Rays' No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, threw his first bullpen session under the watchful eyes of his new team on Thursday. On Friday, the right-hander sounded pleased with where he is at early in Spring Training.
"[The first bullpen session] is always the toughest," said Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Royals in the James Shields trade. "It went really well yesterday. I was happy with the entire bullpen [session] and it was better than previous years' first [bullpen sessions]. It was a good way to start."
Odorizzi, 22, noted that he's learned to not try and over-do it at the beginning of Spring Training trying to make an impression.
"This is my fourth or fifth [Spring Training]," Odorizzi said. "When I was younger, I'd try and do my best to show off on the first day, but it's all about the long run. ... Work on location early. Work on fastball-changeup. As spring progresses, you start focusing on your breaking stuff. That's usually how I go at it. It was the first step of a long road yesterday."
Tampa Bay is the third organization Odorizzi has been with in his professional career. The Brewers selected him out of Highland High School in New Douglas, Ill., in the first round (32nd overall pick) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Milwaukee traded him to Kansas City in 2010 as part of the Zack Greinke deal.
Odorizzi said he already feels at home with his new teammates.
"This adjustment was probably a lot easier than when I went to Kansas City, because I knew what to expect," Odorizzi said. "When you're traded, you've got to go around and meet everybody, and the sooner you do that, the sooner you get settled in. I was here in January, so I got to meet a lot of the guys who really helped me get settled in."
Stiff neck might keep Peralta out of Classic
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Joel Peralta continues to be limited in what activities he can participate in due to a stiff neck.
Though Peralta played catch Friday, the Rays' setup man does not anticipate throwing a bullpen session for several days, which he now believes will prevent him from participating in the World Baseball Classic.
"The chances don't look good," Peralta said.
Peralta, who was supposed to pitch for the Dominican Republic, planned on talking to the team's general manager, former Major Leaguer Moises Alou, on Friday. While Peralta doesn't think he'll participate, the right-hander might end up trying to play if Team Dominican Republic decides to hold a spot open for him.
Single-game Rays tickets on sale Feb. 23
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Single-game tickets for the Rays 2013 regular season will go on sale starting Feb. 23, based on availability, according to the following timeline:
Feb. 23, 10 a.m. ET: On sale to the general public exclusively at raysbaseball.com
Feb. 25, 10 a.m. ET: On sale to the general public through the following outlets:
All Ticketmaster outlets
The Rays Tampa Store at 400 N. Tampa St.
The Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office
By phone at 888-FAN-RAYS or 1-800-745-3000
Price hitting lanes to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- For the second consecutive year, David Price will participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters' largest fundraiser of the year, Bowl for Kids' Sake.
Funds raised from the event will allow the agency to pair more children with carefully screened volunteers, as well as provide professional ongoing support for each volunteer mentor and child.
People are encouraged to collect donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters and win a chance to be a VIP at the David Price Bowling Party. Last year, at the first David Price Bowl for Kids' Sake event, fans raised more than $27,000.
"It was great to meet and personally thank those who worked hard to raise money, so kids in our community can have a mentor," Price said. "I know first-hand how mentors can make a difference. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support from those who encouraged me to follow my dreams."
Information on how to participate can be found at bbbsfl.org or by calling Amy Hollington at 813-769-3636
The top 30 fundraisers (minimum of $1,000 in paid donations received by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay by March 25) will be eligible for the VIP party.
I'm partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters again this year for my VIP bowling event!!! Go here for info bbbsfl.org- David Price (@DAVIDprice14) February 15, 2013
Price's VIP Bowling Party will take place on March 29 and is by invitation only. Details will be sent to guests, but includes four guest passes, two bowling games with shoes, food and drinks, T-shirts, goodie bags, Pin Chasers gift cards, and other gifts all month long.
For updates and a chance to win more prizes, follow Price on Twitter @DavidPrice14.
Fuld's backpack stolen after fishing excursion
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Sam Fuld reported to camp on Friday with a story about having experienced a nightmare earlier in the week.
After filming a fishing segment for Charlie Moore's "The Mad Fisherman" television show in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, they returned to Moore's vehicle only to find that it had been vandalized.
Fuld's knapsack was among the stolen items, which was unfortunate since it contained his cell phone, wallet and car keys.
"It was quite an ordeal," Fuld said.
The outfielder has since spent considerable time trying to clean up the episode, including time spent working with MLB security, which has helped him out this week.
• Hak-Ju Lee and Yunel Escobar will not be able to attend Saturday's Fanfest at Tropicana Field.
• Given the Rays' roster, the team could see four different players rotating at second base, a group that includes Ryan Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez. Manager Joe Maddon called the four-man platoon situation a "quadtoon."
• This week, Elliot Johnson was traded to the Royals and Reid Brignac was dealt to the Rockies. Despite the fact the former shortstops are elsewhere, Maddon believes both to be Major League players.
"Reid, of course, the biggest thing there is to get the offensive side of the game working some more," Maddon said. "Elliot, I think, is already there. As a utility player on a good team, he is very valuable -- switch-hitter with some pop, runs really well, can steal a bag, [plays] multiple positions. He plays the game hard. I'm a big fan."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.