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Rays info for March 8

Quote of the day

"It's like Ernie Banks said, it's a great day to play 14."

Joe Maddon, manager, on the 14 innings played Friday

Number of the day

10 Rays pitchers threw as the team tried to get the arms some work after two games were shortened to five innings earlier this week.

Random note I

RF Jonny Gomes brought in a surprise for INF Eric Hinske on Friday morning. Gomes hung up a replica Brett Favre jersey in his locker, which is next to Hinske (a huge Packers fan). Hinske, who had his biggest hit of the spring Friday (a two-run double in the eighth), said he has his own game-worn Favre jersey signed by the Future Hall of Famer. Hinske said Favre wrote, "To Eric, all the best! Brett Favre."

Random note II

OF John Rodriguez signed his first professional contract with the Yankees after attending a tryout in Yankee Stadium in November 1996. The 30-year-old has played in 158 big-league games (last with St. Louis in 2006). Both Rodriguez and 30-year-old nonroster invitee Jon Weber earned raves from manager Joe Maddon. Weber made the defensive play of the day from leftfield, throwing out Casey Smith at the plate in the 13th inning.

"Johnny Rodriguez and Jonny Weber … I like their work a lot. I like their attitude. I like their bats. … They're the kind of guys I like to see on the team."

Who's on third?

A daily look at the Rays' biggest positional issue:

Willy Aybar gets another start at third, going 0-for-2. But Aybar made a nice catch, battling the wind on a popup that pulled him to the wall on the third-base line.

The dish …

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:15; Legends Field, Tampa

Tickets: $17-31, available by phone (813) 879-2244 or

Radio: 620-AM

Pitchers: Rays — RH Matt Garza, LH David Price, LH Brian Anderson. Yankees — Mike Mussina, RH Jeff Karstens

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Weather: Low 60s, windy

Watch for: Top pick LHP David Price makes his Rays debut. LHP Brian Anderson, a wild card for the staff, will appear in his first game since 2006.

On deck

Sunday: Reds, 1:05, Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg. Rays — Edwin Jackson; Reds — Matt Belisle

Monday: Indians, 1:05, Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg. Rays, Indians — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer


Blue Jays: Knology Park, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Game tickets: (727) 733-9302 or

Phillies: Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Game tickets: (727) 467-4457 or

Yankees: Legends Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Game tickets: (813) 879-2244 or

Rays info for March 8 03/07/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2008 11:07pm]
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