Extra bases

Extra bases

• Maddon said he talked to Don Zimmer on Monday. The Rays senior advisor has been experiencing a myriad of health problems lately, but Maddon said Zimmer was doing a lot better.

"The sound of his voice was a lot stronger," Maddon said.

• On Wednesday, David Price, James Shields and Sean Rodriguez will visit the MLB Fan Cave at 11 a.m. ET.

• Double-A Montgomery outfielder Kyeong Kang was named Southern League Player of the Week after hitting .429 with four home runs, seven RBIs, two doubles and 11 runs scored in six games.

• The Rays' current road trip opens with three games against the Yankees, followed by three against the Orioles before wrapping up with two against the Blue Jays. The club will then return home to play two against the Red Sox. Rays players understand the significance of the treacherous early-season stretch.

• "I think this is a huge road trip, especially being pretty early in the season," right-hander Jeff Niemann said. "Facing three division rivals [on the road] and seeing how we shape up. ... It's about 10 days, two weeks of it. It's a big two weeks coming up, and hopefully we keep playing well."