• Rays manager Joe Maddon did not seem upset that his closer, Fernando Rodney, has been used four times while pitching for the Dominican Republic during the World Baseball Classic. "[Rodney's outings have] been spaced out relatively good," Maddon said.
• Maddon said the last 10 days of Spring Training will see an acceleration of playing time for the regulars. "We want to really pile up the at-bats at that point," Maddon said. "That's what we did last year. So we want to get more at-bats later in the camp."
• With seven years apiece under their belts, Andrew Friedman, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations, and Maddon are the second-longest tenured general manager/manager pairing in baseball. Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski, Detroit's manager and general manager, also go back to 2006, but the pair also had two years together with the Marlins (1997-1998).
• Tim Beckham (facial laceration) returned Thursday and singled in his only at-bat.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.