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Rays: Longoria inspired to create team T-shirts

The shirt does the talking

3B Evan Longoria was scrolling through Twitter when he saw an old photo of Pirates great Dave Parker wearing an eye-catching T-shirt, so much so he had similar ones made for the Rays. "I thought it'd be a great team shirt for this year," Longoria said.

Those were the days

Tuesday, understandably, was slugging OF Wil Myers first-ever game as a pro hitting leadoff. But, it turns out, he'd done it plenty of times before. "I was always leadoff and centerfielder, from age 10 to 13 or 14," he said. "I wasn't big when I was younger — a nice little leadoff batter."

From Dr. Quinn to Kat

Manager Joe Maddon had another brush with fame Monday while dining at his fave Tampa restaurant, 717 South. He and actor Jane Seymour talked some baseball, as her son is a high school catcher in Malibu with pro aspirations. She is known for her TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, but Maddon said his favorite Seymour performance was as Kathleen "Kitty Kat" Cleary, above, in the movie Wedding Crashers.

Who is this Ray?

Played collegiately at Olivet Nazarene and Dallas Baptist. Acquired in trade from Astros. Has played in 150-plus games the past five seasons. Has played seven positions in majors.

The dish

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:05 today; Ed Smith Stadium, 1090 N Euclid Ave., Sarasota

TV/radio: None

Tickets: $8-32, available through orioles.com, toll-free 1-877-222-2802.

Pitchers: Rays — RH Mark Lowe, Jake McGee, Josh Lueke, Steve Geltz, Juan Sandoval; Orioles — RH Bud Norris, relievers TBA

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

Heads-up

Most of the Rays regulars get the day off today after playing Tuesday night, though OF Wil Myers is on the trip to Sarasota.

On deck

Thursday: Twins, 7:05. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos; Twins — RH Scott Diamond

Friday: Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — LH Erik Bedard; Jays — TBA

Saturday: Orioles, 1:05, Rays — RH Alex Cobb; Orioles — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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: 2B Ben Zobrist

Spring in photos

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Marc Topkin, Times staff writer



Rays 11, Twins 3

Tampa Bay AB R H BI Minn. AB R H BI

Myers rf 4 2 3 1 Presley cf 2 0 0 0

Forsythe 2b 2 0 2 1 Bartlett cf 1 1 0 0

DeJesus lf 4 0 1 2 B.Dozier 2b 3 0 1 0

Nix ss 2 0 1 0 Bernier 2b 2 1 1 0

Zobrist 2b 1 1 1 0 Mauer 1b 1 0 1 0

Christian pr 2 0 0 0 Colabello 1b 2 0 1 0

Longoria 3b 4 1 0 0 Willingham lf 2 0 0 0

Figueroa 3b 2 1 1 0 W.Ramirez lf 1 0 0 1

Loney 1b 4 1 2 3 Kubel dh 2 0 0 0

Rodriguez pr 1 1 1 0 Hicks ph-dh 2 0 0 0

Joyce dh 3 0 1 1 Plouffe 3b 1 0 0 0

Sands ph-dh 2 0 0 0 D.Romero 3b 2 0 0 0

Jennings cf 3 1 2 0 Arcia rf 3 1 1 0

J.Moore rf 1 0 0 1 Parmelee rf 1 0 0 0

Y.Escobar ss 3 1 1 1 K.Suzuki c 2 0 1 0

Guyer cf 2 1 1 1 C.Herrmann c 2 0 2 0

J.Molina c 3 1 2 0 Florimon ss 3 0 0 0

Betemit 1b 2 0 1 0 E.Escobar ss 1 0 0 0

Totals 45 11 20 11 Totals 33 3 8 1

Tampa Bay 322 001 030— 11

Minnesota 010 000 002— 3

ENix (1), D.Romero (1). DPTampa Bay 2, Minnesota 2. LOBTampa Bay 13, Minnesota 12. 2BMyers 3 (3), Loney (3), De.Jennings 2 (4), C.Herrmann (2).

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO

M.Moore W,2-1 4M4 1 1 6 4

B.Gomes 1L1 0 0 1 2

Boxberger 2 1 0 0 1 2

A.Liberatore 1 2 2 1 1 0

Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO

Worley L,0-1 2M11 7 7 2 1

Swarzak 2L1 0 0 1 2

Pressly 1 1 1 1 2 1

D.Guerra 1 2 0 0 0 2

Guerrier 1 5 3 3 0 1

Thompson 1 0 0 0 1 0

WPM.Moore, B.Gomes, Pressly, Guerrier. PBJ.Molina, C.Herrmann. T3:34. A8,277 (8,100).

Rays: Longoria inspired to create team T-shirts 03/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:47am]

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