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Rays: Jennings alarmed by snake

Quote of the day

"I think he hit it to Toronto."

RHP Nathan Karns on Rays teammate Jeremy Moore's towering home run to centerfield in the fourth inning against the Blue Jays

A snake surprise

CF Desmond Jennings was stunned Sunday to see a snake in the back yard of his St. Petersburg home. After requesting help via Twitter, he called animal control and has been staying at his Port Charlotte place since. "I'd (deal) with a gator before a snake," he said.

Good luck charm?

Brandon Guyer's wife Lindsay Murphy, a sports anchor in Washington, D.C., will be in Port Charlotte for a last-minute, long-weekend trip. Guyer, competing for the fifth outfielder's spot, hopes she brings some luck. "I said, 'Don't come down unless you pack some (homers),' " Guyer joked. "She's pretty good at that."

Ironman sighting

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken will be at today's Rays-Pirates game to sign his new book, Squeeze Play, a middle-grade novel, beginning shortly after gates open at 11 a.m.

Who is this Ray?

He began playing baseball at age 11 when a coach noticed his skills on the soccer field. He was acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade. Is also a talented singer.

The dish

Rays vs. Pirates

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

Radio: mlb.com

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-29, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-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 is on the left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10

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

Pitchers: Rays — LH Matt Moore, Heath Bell, Jeff Beliveau, Adam Liberatore, Sam Runion, Juan Sandoval; Pirates — RH Jeanmar Gomez, Phil Irwin, Adam Wilk, Duke Welker, Andy Oliver

Heads-up

LHP Matt Moore will start, hoping to do better than he did in Saturday's "pretty ugly" outing when he gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates

16 Red Sox

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

23 at Red Sox

24 at Twins

25 Red Sox

26 Orioles 7:05

27 at Orioles, 7:05

28 at Tigers

29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05

Who is this Ray: SS Hak-Ju Lee

Spring in photos

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Rays: Jennings alarmed by snake 03/12/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:06pm]

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