Clubhouse attendant Brandon "Tank" Richesin rejoined the Rays after two weeks in Taiwan working for the Australian team in the World Baseball Classic. Richesin said it was a good experience overall, though he didn't experiment much with native foods: "I stayed pretty much American: McDonald's, KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut."
Best news of the day
Friday was the halfway point of the 50 days between the start of spring training and opening day.
Who is this Ray?
He was a 47th-round draft pick by the Cubs. Has been traded four times. Has a dog named Rambo. Is active in paintball.
The dish: Rays at Phillies
When/where: 1:05 today; Bright House Field, 601 N Coachman Road, Clearwater
Tickets: $14-$34, available through phillies.com, (215) 463-1000
Pitchers: Rays — Jeff Niemann, Jeremy Hellickson, Alex Colome; Phillies — John Lannan, Adam Morgan, Jeremy Horst, Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg
Most regulars are off, but CF Desmond Jennings, INF/OF Sean Rodriguez, INF Ryan Roberts and prospect OF Wil Myers are scheduled to make the trip.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — John Lackey
Monday: vs. Twins, 7:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Twins — TBA
Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Yankees — TBA
Who is this Ray? RHP Kyle Farnsworth
Remaining exhibition games
Ticket into: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $10/$12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
All games 1:05 unless noted
14: at Orioles
15: vs. Phillies
16: vs. Red Sox
17: at Red Sox, 1:35
19: at Tigers
20: at Twins, 7:05
21: vs. Jays
22: vs. Orioles, at Pirates
23: vs. Twins
24: at Yankees
25: vs. Pirates, 7:05
26: at Phillies
27: vs. Jays
28: at Orioles, 7:05
29: at Tigers
30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10
Rays manager Joe Maddon is excited for the Sunday and Monday pregame performances of the B-Street Band, the long-running Bruce Springsteen, right, tribute group led by his childhood buddy Willie Forte. Maddon's favorites of their covers? "I like their Jungleland, and their Spirit in the Night is pretty good," he said. Though it has been suggested, Maddon will not be singing. "I can't," he said. "Plus, it's pregame, so that's another reason why I can't."
All-Star slugger Cecil Fielder is the newest member of the Rays' Adopt-A-Legend program. He is set to be in camp and in uniform (No. 45) Sunday-Tuesday. Manager Joe Maddon made the invitation at a game last year, remembering how well Fielder treated him as a young coach with the Angels.
Spring training is for experimenting in lots of ways. On Friday the Rays took the field to Bang a Gong (Get It On), which manager Joe Maddon heard on his iPad last week and wanted to try as an intro song.