King of the hill
Charlotte Sports Park was voted the best spring training facility by readers of USAToday and 10Best. Goodyear Ballpark (Indians, Reds) in Goodyear, Ariz., was second, and Salt River Fields (Diamondbacks, Rockies) in Scottsdale, Ariz., finished third. Bradenton’s McKechnie Field (Pirates) finished fourth while Bright House Field (Phillies) in Clearwater finished fifth.
To celebrate, tickets for the April 3 and 4 Charlotte Stone Crabs games are $4. For tickets, call (941) 206-4487 and mention “Best Stadium.” The offer expires Friday at 5 p.m.
The Rays will honor RF Wil Myers before the April 5 game against Texas for winning the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year. It is also Wil Myers Bobblehead Day, and they will be given to the first 20,000 fans through the doors.
He said it:
“I just have a lot of respect for this team, and I think they’re going to do really well.”
— RHP Mark Lowe, who was released Wednesday so he can look for a job with another team before Opening Day.
Remaining spring schedule
27: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05
28: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05
29: at Montgomery (AA affiliate), 3:05