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Spring training

Rays: Longoria's no-frills engagement

Quote of the day

"On my 70th birthday, I'm glad to be here."

Minor-league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman, who pitched 11 seasons in the majors and threw a no-hitter in '74 with the Indians.

Number of the day

20 Position players, of 24, who have reported in advance of Thursday's first full-squad workout. Not here yet are Wilson Betemit, Yunel Escobar, Logan Forsythe and Ben Zobrist.

It's not always about location

OF Mikie Mahtook has arguably the worst locker in the Charlotte Sports Park clubhouse, tucked back in the corner, across from the towel shelves and adjacent to the open entranceway to the showers and bathroom. And, given that he is a 24-year-old 2011 first-round pick making his first appearance in big-league camp, it doesn't bother him one bit. "I'm just happy to be here," he said.

List of the day

After six seasons, Evan Longoria is near the top of many Rays leaderboards:

Stat No. (Rk) Leader

HRs 162 (2) C. Peña, 163

RBIs 544 (2) Crawford, 592

2Bs 200 (3) Crawford, 215

XBH 373 (2) Crawford, 424

Who is this Ray?

He grew up in New York a Yankees fan. Pitched in the 2013 All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Attended three colleges in a 2-year span: Iona, Guilford Tech CC, Chipola.

The dish

Today's workout for pitchers and catchers starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last about two hours. Admission and parking 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 (S.R. 776), go right 2 miles, stadium complex is on left. For more information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

The second round of bullpen sessions for the second group of pitchers is the main item, with Matt Moore among those throwing. Action starts around 10:05. Most of the position players are in camp and working out.

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Single-game range from $10-$29, available at raysbaseball.com, via phone (toll-free 1-800-745-3000), CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.), all Ticketmaster outlets.

All games 1:05 unless noted.

February

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; 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: LHP C.J. Riefenhauser

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

Splish, splash, they were taking a bath …

So how exactly did 3B Evan Longoria propose to long-time girlfriend Jaime Edmondson this offseason? "We were in the bathtub," Longoria said. "It was uneventful. She had already made it blatantly clear she didn't want any theatrics." They're planning to get married after the 2015 season.

New Joe-cabulary entry of the day

"Data-mentals": Manager Joe Maddon's new word, explaining how a small piece of statistical info can help a player improve. "It goes way beyond fundamentals. Data-mentals also can really exceed what you can teach physically or mentally."

Rays: Longoria's no-frills engagement 02/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 17, 2014 9:25pm]
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