BALTIMORE -- Getting the starting pitchers prepared to hit during Interleague Play is a job that pitching coach Jim Hickey takes seriously. The goals are to not have a pitcher get hurt and perhaps to enable the pitcher to be able to help his own cause with the bat.
But the Rays starters have fun as well.
Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore each showed up at the batting cage in t-shirts with the sleeves cut off to display a "gun show" with their alleged bulging biceps. David Price borrowed a sharpie from a fan in the stands to draw a heart on the outside of Hellickson's upper arm and he wrote "Mom" inside the heart.
Hickey has to rein in the pitchers before letting them swing for the fences. Each had to bunt then hit balls to the middle of the field before the final act came, which allowed them to aim for the cheap seats.
Price continues to be the biggest ham on the staff. After hitting his first of four batting practice home runs, the Rays lefty ran the bases to the delight of the Mother's Day crowd at Camden Yards.
Moore was the only other in the group to reach the seats, which he did five times.