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Rays: Giddy over Myers, adventures in hitting

Who is this Ray?

This right-handed reliever began growing a full beard the day after last season ended and hasn't shaved since. He made his first opening day roster with the Rays last season after being acquired from the Mariners in November 2011.

The dish

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Radio: 620-AM

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road); go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776); go right 2 miles; complex on left.

Parking: $10, lots open 10:30

Pitchers: Rays — Alex Cobb, Fernando Rodney, Juan Sandoval, Alex Torres, Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke; Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Daniel McCutchen.

Heads-up

Evan Longoria, above left, is expected to play today. It's Fernando Rodney's last game before the World Baseball Classic; he'll play for the Dominican Republic.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Twins — Mike Pelfrey

Monday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:35. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson. Red Sox — TBA

Tuesday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore. Red Sox — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Who is this Ray?

Josh Lueke

Remaining exhibition games

Tickets: $10-$27, available at raysbaseball.com, Charlotte Sports Park and Trop box offices, Tampa team store, through Ticketmaster.

Info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

6: Off

7: at Pirates

8: vs. Phillies

9: at Phillies

10: vs. Red Sox

11: vs. Twins, 7:05

12: vs. Yankees

13: Off

14: at Orioles

15: vs. Phillies

16: vs. Red Sox

17: at Red Sox, 1:35

18: Off

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



I got it!

Rays manager Joe Maddon has liked C Chris Gimenez's ability at third base and feels comfortable with him there. But Gimenez, right, said it was his fault for botching a first-inning foul popup Friday by Jays DH Jose Bautista, letting it fall between him and C Jose Molina near the batters' box. "I feel like a jack-wagon," he quipped. "I should have caught that ball."

Myers mania

When touted outfield prospect Wil Myers came up to bat in the eighth inning Friday, an excited Rays fan yelled, "Here's our future, baby!" Myers, who flied out to center and went 0-for-2, didn't hear it. "That's funny," he said.

Quote of the day

"I said, 'Thank you, baseball gods.' "

OF Brandon Guyer, on his second-inning bunt bouncing off the third-base bag, the first of his two infield hits

Rays: Giddy over Myers, adventures in hitting 03/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 10:33pm]
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