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Rays: Jonny Gomes always welcome

Who is this Ray?

Starred in baseball and football at his Virginia high school, scoring seven TDs in one game. Was fifth-round draft pick in 2007 out of University of Virginia. Is a huge fan of UFC fighting. (answer below left)

Quote of the day

"The first time out feels like you're throwing left-handed for some reason. It's just awful."

Right-handed reliever Jamey Wright, in his 21st spring training

Old friend in town

OF/DH Jonny Gomes, right, a former Ray still popular with manager Joe Maddon, left, players, media and fans, came back Monday with his latest team, the Red Sox. After joking about "hitting cleanup for the Nation," Gomes said he's enjoying repping the Red Sox: "Playerwise, it's a pretty big honor."

Awards show

Always busy video coordinator Chico Fernandez is now picking a "coach of the day." Hitting coach Derek Shelton was the first choice for Sunday's 15-hit outburst. The prize? The honor, a photo on the clubhouse bulletin board and the closest parking spot to the door. "I'm pretty sure," Fernandez said, "the parking spot is the best part of that."

The dish: Rays vs. Astros

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

Internet radio: (subscription)

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through 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 10:30.

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

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Kyle Farnsworth, Fernando Rodney, Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke, Mike Montgomery, Enny Romero, Alex Colome; Astros — Jordan Lyles, John Ely, C.J. Fick, Ross Seaton, Josh Zeid, Jose Valdez


Price said his priority in today's one-inning spring debut will be to get "reacclimated to the zone and throw strikes."

On deck

Wednesday: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Pirates — A.J. Burnett

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

Friday: at Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Jays — TBA

Who is this Ray: OF Brandon Guyer

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays: Jonny Gomes always welcome 02/25/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:36am]
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