• Maddon on Friday was asked to assess the American League East, and he noted that all teams needed to watch out for Toronto, which was forecast by many to win the division in 2013 before it finished last.
"The team that's really interesting is this one, because nobody's talking about Toronto this year," Maddon said while pointing to the Blue Jays taking batting practice. "And I think be heads up, because nobody's talking about them this year. And I think they'd probably prefer it that way."
As for the rest of the AL East, Maddon surmised: "It is what it is every year, and I kind of like it. I really do. I think it brings out the best in all of us. I love playing in our division. There are no pushovers."
• Juan Carlos Oviedo has still not reported to camp. The Dominican right-hander continues to fight visa issues, while countrymen Wilson Betemit and Juan Sandoval -- who also were delayed -- have arrived.
"Oviedo, it's kind of funny, Sandoval was able to get out, Betemit was able to get out, and we're still waiting for Oviedo," Maddon said. "... Honestly, I'm not concerned. If he's throwing, I'm not concerned. He needs to get here relatively soon to get enough games in. [But] he could be doing sim games down there, and he'll be fine also if he gets enough pops on the mound."
• Minor Leaguer Cameron Seitzer accompanied the Rays to Dunedin on Friday for their game against the Blue Jays. Seitzer is a son of Kevin Seitzer, who played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Royals, the Brewers, the A's and the Indians, and he is now the hitting coach for the Blue Jays, which allowed for a reunion before the game.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.