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Rays' Kiermaier bests billiards star Jeanette 'Black Widow' Lee

Rack 'em up

One of the side highlights for a few of the Rays at Saturday's Fan Fest was getting to play pool against popular pro champ Jeanette Lee, know as the Black Widow. Especially so for OF Kevin Kiermaier, who managed to beat her in a game of nine-ball — and got a signed cue ball as a souvenir. "It was really fun," Kiermaier said. "She was really cool, and she hit some impossible shots." After Lee missed a shot, Kiermaier said he ran off three straight, banking in the winner. "I kind of surprised myself," he said.

Name game

Match the Rays with their official first names, answers below:

1. Hank Conger a) Christopher

2. Corey Dickerson b) Hyun

3. Logan Forsythe c) John

4. Taylor Guerrieri d) Justis

5. Logan Morrison e) McKenzie

6. Drew Smyly f) Todd

Number of the day

15 Estimated number of bones broken by INF/OF Taylor Motter as a kid.

The dish

Today's full-squad workout starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last about 2½ hours. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 South to Toledo Blade Road. Go west 6 ½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776). Go right 2 miles. Stadium complex is on left. Information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads up

Ace RHP Chris Archer, LHP Drew Smyly and closer RHP Brad Boxberger are among the pitchers throwing live batting practice, starting around 10:55. The fundamental focus is on pickoffs and rundowns.

Name game answers

1. b) Hyun Choi Conger

2. e) McKenzie Corey Dickerson

3. c) John Logan Forsythe

4. a) Christopher Taylor Guerrieri

5. d) Justis Logan Morrison

6. f) Todd Andrew Smyly

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Nats, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Nats — TBA

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Orioles — TBA

Friday: vs. Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Exhibition sked

Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS), and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices increase to $15-$32 on March 12-13. All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

March

5 at Orioles, 7:05 (Sarasota)

6 vs. Twins

7 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)

8 at Tigers (Lakeland)

9 vs. Blue Jays

10 vs. Pirates

11 at Pirates (Bradenton)

12 vs. Yankees

13 vs. Red Sox, at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

14 at Braves (Disney)

15 vs. Phillies

16 OFF

17 at Phillies (Clearwater)

18 vs. Red Sox

19 vs. Orioles

20 at Orioles (Sarasota)

21 TBA (Cuba?)

22 TBA (Cuba?)

23 at Twins (Fort Myers)

24 at Yankees, 6:35 (Tampa)

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05 (Bradenton)

27 vs. Blue Jays

28 OFF

29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays' Kiermaier bests billiards star Jeanette 'Black Widow' Lee 02/28/16 [Last modified: Sunday, February 28, 2016 9:37pm]
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