On Thursday, the Rays were feeling the wrath of an unfortunate snafu in their schedule by having to endure a quick recovery period after Wednesday night's game in time to play an afternoon contest in Detroit. The Tigers scheduled the game as an afternoon contest as part of a Seniors Day promotion.
Wednesday night's Rays game in Baltimore ended after 3 hours and 43 minutes at 10:48 p.m. ET. They boarded a plane and flew to Detroit, reaching their hotel rooms at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday.
The bus to the ballpark for Thursday afternoon's 1:05 p.m. contest at Comerica Park left the hotel at 11 a.m.
"It's just pretty poor planning," said Rays manager Joe Maddon when speaking about the schedule. "You can't slice it any other way. I'm not going to sit here and agree with what was done. I'm sure it was done in advance based on the previous reputation of the [Rays] organization, because there's no way the Yankees would be sitting here right now. ... Just inappropriate."
Maddon said he was working on "about five hours of sleep."
The Rays' Experience
|A timeline for the Rays' Baltimore to Detroit trip:|
|Wed., 7:05 p.m.: Start time for Rays-O's game at Camden Yards|
|Wed., 10:48 p.m.: Rays beat Orioles, 11-6|
|Wed., 11:30 p.m.: Rays head to airport|
|Thur., 12:15 a.m.: Team charter leaves for Detroit|
|Thur., 1:30 a.m.: Plane arrives in Detroit|
|Thur., 2:30 a.m.: Team arrives at hotel|
|Thur., 3 a.m.: Players pick up baggage, settle into rooms|
|Thur., 10 a.m.: First team bus leaves hotel for Comerica Park|
|Thur., 11 a.m.: Second team bus leaves hotel|
|Thur., 1:05 p.m.: First pitch of Rays-Tigers game|
"A lot of times, guys can't get to sleep after playing and flying, most of them are probably [playing on] three to five hours [of sleep]," Maddon said.
Still, save for Ben Zobrist at second base and Willy Aybar at designated hitter, the Rays' lineup included most of the regulars. Catcher Dioner Navarro normally would have had the day off following a night game, but Maddon wanted to keep him in the lineup to enhance the Rays' chances of clinching the American League East.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.