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Spring training

Rays: Longoria models Timberlake T-shirt

Bringing sexy back?

3B Evan Longoria does a lot on the field that separates him from other players. And now this — perhaps the only big-leaguer sporting a Justin Timberlake concert T-shirt under his uniform. Longoria (right) is a big fan, and fiancee Jaime Edmondson brought him the shirt after attending a recent JT show.

Quotes of the day

"It started out poorly … and then it was pretty much backward after that." Manager Joe Maddon, on Saturday's rough day

"It was a (expletive) outing." RHP Grant Balfour, on his performance

Game boys

For a couple of weeks, the Rays have been shooting at a SKLZ mini-basketball hoop and backboard in the clubhouse. On Friday, RHP Heath Bell marked out a 3-point arc and full free-throw lane with tape on the carpet. "Thought I'd make it more official since they were playing games," he said. There also were portable monitors set up in three empty lockers Saturday, being used for soccer, hockey and Call of Duty video games, and a pingpong table in another complex building.

Who is this Ray?

Cut from seventh-grade baseball team. Traded twice before making majors. Named "Mr. Christmas" in his North Carolina hometown.

The dish

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 1:05 today; Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa (across from Raymond James Stadium)

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved seats $17-33. Available through, 1-800-745-3000

Pitchers: Rays — RH Chris Archer, Josh Lueke; Yankees — RH David Phelps, Dellin Betances, Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux

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


AL rookie of the year OF Wil Myers, 1B James Loney, OFs Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce are among the top names on the trip.

On deck

Monday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Red Sox — LH Jon Lester

Tuesday: Twins, 1:05. Rays — LH David Price; Twins — TBA

Wednesday: at Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Jays — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted


13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; 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: RH Chris Archer

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