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Spring training

Notebook: Maddon to stay grounded, Pirates up next

Who is this Ray?

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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, 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.


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

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Marc Topkin, Times staff writer


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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