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Pool pro takes on Rays; curtailed workout; Kiermaier artwork

Rack 'em up

While most of the activities at today's FanFest are baseball-oriented, there will be some competition on the pool table as pro Jeanette Lee, known as the Black Widow, plays against OF Kevin Kiermaier and RHPs Steve Geltz and Erasmo Ramirez.

The dish

Today's full-squad workout starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last about 1¾ hours. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 South to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left. Information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads up

Because of the team FanFest at the Trop, the workout will be abbreviated. LHP Matt Moore and RHPs Jake Odorizzi and Brad Boxberger are among the pitchers throwing live BP. Some of the bigger-name players are not scheduled to hit.

A new masterpiece

Kevin Kiermaier is constantly expanding his tastes, for example recently taking a liking to champagne. Now he has his first piece of prized art — a painting of his Aug. 31 homer-robbing catch in Baltimore, presented Friday by teammates. "It looks phenomenal, so realistic," Kiermaier said. "That's definitely going up on one of the walls at my place here pretty soon."

Quote of the day

"I don't think going through the motions helps anyone."

LHP Drew Smyly, endorsing manager Kevin Cash's call for intensity from the start of camp

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS (326-7297), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).

All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

March

2 vs. Nationals

3 vs. Orioles

4 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)

5 at Orioles, 7:05 (Sarasota)

6 vs. Twins

7 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)

8 at Tigers (Lakeland)

9 vs. Blue Jays

10 vs. Pirates

11 at Pirates (Bradenton)

12 vs. Yankees

13 vs. Red Sox, at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

14 at Braves (Disney)

15 vs. Phillies

16 OFF

17 at Phillies (Clearwater)

18 vs. Red Sox

19 vs. Orioles

20 at Orioles (Sarasota)

21 TBA (Cuba?)

22 TBA (Cuba?)

23 at Twins (Fort Myers)

24 at Yankees, 6:35 (Tampa)

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05 (Bradenton)

27 vs. Blue Jays

28 OFF

29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Pool pro takes on Rays; curtailed workout; Kiermaier artwork 02/26/16 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2016 10:20pm]
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