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Quote of the day

"If he plays the role of Alan Shore very convincingly, I'll be very willing to listen."

Joe Maddon, manager, joking about how CF B.J. Upton (left triceps bruise) could talk him into playing today and referring to his favorite Boston Legal character

Number of the day

6 gloves in INF Ben Zobrist's locker. Zobrist recently got a glove for his right hand to shag balls while nursing his broken left thumb.

Random note

Rays OF Jon Weber turned into a kid again during Friday's pregame when he asked Yankees legend Yogi Berra, above, to autograph a baseball. Turns out, it was a gift for his father, Mike. Weber said he has collected signatures from Hank Aaron and Pete Rose already for dad. And Father's Day is still a few months away.

Who's on third?

A daily look at the Rays' biggest positional issue:

Evan Longoria played the whole game, going 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Manager Joe Maddon said a clearer picture on this position — and others — could materialize Monday.

The dish ...

Rays vs. Pirates

When/where: 1:05; Progress Energy Park (180 Second Ave. SE), St. Petersburg

Tickets: $7-$20, available at stadium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or at raysbaseball.com.

Radio: 620-AM

Pitchers: Rays — LH J.P. Howell, RH Gary Glover, LH Trever Miller, RH Troy Percival, RH AL Reyes, RH Dan Wheeler. Pirates — LH Zach Duke

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

Weather: Mid 70s, afternoon showers

Watch for: LHP J.P. Howell, a candidate for a rotation spot, makes his final audition as the club will likely decide by Sunday. … Former Ray LHP Casey Fossum is scheduled to throw for the Pirates.

On deck

Sunday: Reds, 1:05, Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota. Rays — RHP Matt Garza. Reds — RH Johnny Cueto

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

Tuesday: Blue Jays, 1:05, Knology Park, Dunedin. Rays — TBA. Jays — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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