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On Hellickson, Garza and TV shows; Shoppach's trophy; Davey's beard



Some news and notes from Wednesday's paper:

Programming change of the day

RHP Jeremy Hellickson shouldn't have any trouble taking over for RHP Matt Garza in the rotation, veteran starter RHP James Shields said. But the 23-year-old Iowan is not exactly going to replace the eccentric Garza. "I don't think he's going to be sitting down and watching That '70s Show before the games and eating Popeyes fried chicken," Shields said. "He doesn't even know what That '70s Show is."

Championship moment of the day

C Kelly Shoppach couldn't have been prouder about winning the team's fantasy football league, and was proudly showing off the attractive glass trophy. The only catch? He bought it himself. "That says a lot about him," Shields joked. Said Shoppach: "They just sore losers. And I'm a very gracious winner."

Prank of the day

First-base coach George Hendrick, top left, was already stirring things up, placing an outfielder's glove in the locker of SS prospect Tim Beckham, who some critics suggest will end up moving to the outfield.

Quote of the day

"The day I left for the airport was the only day all winter my driveway wasn't covered in ice."

1B Dan Johnson, who spent his winter in Ham Lake, Minn.


New look of the day

Bench coach Dave Martinez sporting a bushy full beard. "Davy Crockett," manager Joe Maddon said.

List of the day

                 Top      Div.
2008-10   record   Titles
Yankees   287-199   1 
Phillies     282-204    3 
Red Sox    279-207   0 
RAYS         277-209   2 
Angels      277-209   2 
Source: Rays

Who is this Ray?

He likes paintballing, hunts on his 2,500-acre plot of land in Georgia, has two American bulldogs named Strike and Rambo, got a black belt in taekwondo as a teenager and lives in Celebration.

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