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Notebook: Maddon to stay grounded, Pirates up next

Who is this Ray?

Nebraska native started pro career with independent league River City (Mo.) Rascals in 2004. Made majors with Yankees in 2008, Giants in 2011-12. Signed with Rays as free agent.

The dish

Rays at Pirates

When/where: 1:05 today; McKechnie Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton.

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $16-$27, available through pirates.com, toll-free 1-877-893-2827.

Pitchers: Rays — LH David Price, RH Mark Lowe, LH Jake McGee, RH Brad Boxberger, RH Matt Andriese, LH Mike Montgomery, LH Enny Romero, LH Jeff Believeau, RH Alex Colome; Pirates — RH Jeanmar Gomez, RH Vin Mazzaro, RH Duke Welker, RH Josh Kinney, RH Casey Sadler, RH Zach Thornton.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Twins — Ricky Nolasco

Monday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Phillies — TBA

Tuesday: at Red Sox, Fort Myers, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Red Sox — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted.

March

5 Yankees

6 at Orioles

7 at Blue Jays

8 Pirates

9 at Yankees

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates

16 Red Sox

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

23 at Red Sox

24 at Twins

25 Red Sox

26 Orioles 7:05

27 at Orioles, 7:05

28 at Tigers

29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05

Who is this Ray: OF Justin Christian

Spring in photos

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Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer



Well-grounded

Manager Joe Maddon raved about the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, which landed three members on the field pregame Friday (right). Maddon received a symbolic baton and an invitation to come along on a future jump, but he has no plans to do it. "I don't like jumping off diving boards," he said.

Quote of the day

"Well, I got my pitch count up."

LHP Erik Bedard, after throwing 25 in a three-run, three-hit, two-walk first inning against the Orioles

Notebook: Maddon to stay grounded, Pirates up next 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 10:20pm]
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