Extra bases

Evan Longoria will enter 2014 within striking distance of a number of franchise records. His 162 home runs are one shy of Carlos Pena's club record and his 544 RBIs are 48 shy of Carl Crawford's mark. He also trails Crawford's team records for doubles (by 15) and extra-base hits (51).

• According to Maddon, Wil Myers is the team's No. 4 catcher behind starters Ryan Hanigan, Jose Molina and utility man Sean Rodriguez. "It's a grudge match between him and Rodriguez," Maddon said. "[Myers] said he could do it. Listen, if it got down to that, we'd have Sean do that first, then him. We actually have four catchers, so we feel pretty comfortable with that in the latter part of the game."

Ben Zobrist [lower back tightness] is getting closer to resuming full activity. "He's doing really well," said Maddon, who noted that the team's head athletic trainer, Ron Porterfield, gave Zobrist a glowing report. "... He seems to be in pretty good order. I was watching him swing yesterday, looked really good, there was nothing being held back. He was in the dugout the whole game, really chirpy. If guys don't feel good, they don't do that. So he's in pretty good order right now."

Maddon speculated that Zobrist could see action in a game by Monday or Tuesday.

• So far, 62 of 64 players invited to camp have reported. Right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo and infielder Wilson Betemit are still dealing with visa issues. Only once in the previous eight seasons (since 2006) have the Rays invited more players -- in '13, they invited 66 due to the World Baseball Classic. Major League camp includes players from eight different countries -- the United States, Australia, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, South Korea, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

• The Rays will be presented with the 2014 Dream Maker Award by the Children's Dream Fund at their annual Dream Maker Luncheon on March 4 at 11:30 at the Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa. The team began its involvement with the Children's Dream Fund in 1997.

• In six seasons since changing its name to the Rays, the team is 550-423, the second-best record in the Major Leagues behind the Yankees (564-408).

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.