Hanging out at the RV park
Rays manager Joe Maddon has spent the spring living in his 40-foot recreational vehicle at a park near the complex. He had the coaches, video coordinator Chris "Chico" Fernandez and the clubhouse staff over for a cookout Wednesday. "Highly successful. The guys came over and were impressed," Maddon said. "Including Chico, who is a much better cook than you would think." Maddon said he has reserved his RV spot for next spring.
The Rays hosted 10 members of the Wounded Warriors, who took part in workouts. "Veterans, to me, should be taken care of at all costs," manager Joe Maddon said. "Somebody that permits you to play baseball under the lights … because they went and fought for you — to not take care of these guys when they get back, to me it's appalling. … It doesn't make any sense. So we're really proud to have them out here."
Rays 2B Ben Zobrist and wife Julianna will sell and sign copies of their autobiography, Double Play, outside the team store at the Charlotte Sports Park after Saturday's game (no ticket required). The book will be available at the store starting Friday for $24.99.
Who is this Ray?
This Canadian left-hander pitched at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut after joining a buddy in a walk-on tryout. He started his career in Baltimore but is on his fifth team in the last four years.
Rays vs. Blue Jays
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$29, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, 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: 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 is on the left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Pitchers: Rays — LH Erik Bedard, RHP Heath Bell, RHP Brandon Gomes, RHP Joel Peralta. Blue Jays — RH Aaron Sanchez, RH Jeremy Jeffress
LHP Erik Bedard, a candidate for the fifth starter's spot, will be making his final start before the Rays make their decision.
Saturday: vs. Orioles, 1:05, Rays — Alex Cobb; Orioles — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
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: LHP Erik Bedard
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