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Rays: Joe Maddon meets Richard Gere

An American Gigolo, and an American League Manager

Rays manager Joe Maddon's Sunday in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field got off to a cool start when he was introduced to longtime actor, and legit baseball fan, Richard Gere (in Yankees cap, of course). Maddon's favorite Gere movie? "American Gigolo," he said. "But you can't overlook Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman."

Quote of the day

"We picked up a point."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, channeling Lightning coach Jon Cooper after the 3-3 tie Sunday with the Yankees

Coffee talk

Rays manager Joe Maddon sees plenty of retiring Yankees captain Derek Jeter on the field but also during the offseason at a South Tampa Starbucks. "We never walk to the counter at the same time … because we don't call in advance," Maddon said. "He's normally sitting outside with (former Ray and Yankee) Gerald Williams, also a great guy. So I'll walk by, we'll give the quick nod, have a quick conversation and then I go over to (hang out at buddy Michael Stewart's 717 South restaurant)."

Who is this Ray?

Began pro career as an infielder. Made it to majors first with Angels, has pitched for five big-league teams. Nicknamed "El Campeon."

The dish

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:05 today; JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers

TV: MLB

Tickets: $5-48, available through redsox.com, 1-888-733-7696 (RED-SOX6)

Pitchers: RH Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard, Cesar Ramos; Red Sox — LH Jon Lester, Drake Britton, Chris Capuano, Anthony Ranaudo, Jose Mijares

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

Heads-up

3B Evan Longoria and AL rookie of the year OF Wil Myers are both scheduled to play for the Rays.

On deck

Tuesday: Twins, 1:05. Rays — LH David Price; Twins — Ricky Nolasco

Wednesday: at Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — RH Nathan Karns; Jays — TBA

Thursday: Pirates, 1:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore; Pirates — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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: RH Joel Peralta

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Rays: Joe Maddon meets Richard Gere 03/09/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:33pm]

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