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Rays: Joe Maddon's RV

King of the road

Rays manager Joe Maddon is spending the spring living in his 40-foot Tiffin Phaeton RV at an area site, but he's not exactly roughing it. It is equipped with satellite radio, satellite TV, two beds, 1½ baths, washer/dryer, dishwasher and four pullouts for extra space. He brought it over to Charlotte Sports Park to let others take a look. "It's kind of like a nice suite in a hotel," Maddon said. "But it feels like home."

Nickname of the day

Maddon calls his RV the "Cousin Eddie" in reference to the character in the Vacation movies. "I want to get that painted on the side," he said.

Quote of the day

"I probably would have told them to buy a Lotto ticket or something. I didn't think I had too much of a chance to be back."

LHP David Price, on the idea of someone telling him in October he wouldn't be traded

Number of the day

21 Players on the 40-man roster acquired by executive VP Andrew Friedman via trade.

List of the day

New faces on the 40-man roster:

• RHP Grant Balfour (free agent, A's)

• RHP Heath Bell (trade, Diamondbacks)

• RHP Brad Boxberger (trade, Padres)

• INF Logan Forsythe (trade, Padres)

• C Ryan Hanigan (trade Reds)

• RHP Nate Karns (trade, Nationals)

Who is this Ray?

He was drafted by the (Devil) Rays in 1997 but didn't sign and has since pitched 10 years in the majors. His 166 saves over the past five seasons are third in the majors, and he is one of two big-leaguers to pitch in 60 or more games for each of the past seven seasons.

The dish

Today's first workout for pitchers and catchers starts at 10 a.m. (subsequent days at 9:30) at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last 2½-3 hours. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 South to Toledo Blade Road; go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776); go right 2 miles; stadium complex is on the left. For details, call (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

Several big-name pitchers are scheduled to throw off the mounds with the session starting about 10:55: Grant Balfour, Heath Bell, Alex Cobb, Nate Karns and David Price.

Exhibition schedule

Tickets: Single-game range from $10-$29 and are available at raysbaseball.com, via phone (toll-free 1-800-745-3000), Charlotte Sports Park and Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.) and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Games at 1:05 unless noted.

Feb.

28 Orioles

March

1 at Pirates

2 Twins

3 Phillies

4 at Red Sox

5 Yankees

6 at Orioles

7 at Blue Jays

8 Pirates

9 at Yankees

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays

15 (ss) 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: RHP Heath Bell

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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Rays: Joe Maddon's RV 02/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 11:31pm]

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