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Rays: Maddon gets to don camera

Bragging rights

Friends since their days as Royals prospects, LHP Mike Montgomery and RF Wil Myers always like to compete. That included Monday's live batting practice showdown, which ended with Montgomery getting Myers to swing and miss on a changeup, both laughing a little as they finished. "He put one down the line on me earlier," Montgomery said. "And I got him to swing out of his shoes. It was just fun."

Salute the troops

The Rays will honor the military in Friday's spring opener at Charlotte Sports Park, with 300 area veterans invited as special guests. There will also be a special military ticket discount, with active or retired personnel who show a military ID able to buy up to four half-priced general admission seats the day of the game. The U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team will deliver the American flag and game ball.

Who is this Ray?

Making his first appearance in major-league camp. Was a 2011 first-round pick. Member of the 2009 College World Series-winning team at LSU. His father and an uncle played football there.

The dish

Today's full-squad workout starts at 9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last 3 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 (SR 776), go right 2 miles, stadium complex is on left. For more information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

LHPs Matt Moore and Enny Romero, RHPs Joel Peralta and Alex Colome are among 16 pitchers throwing live BP starting around 11. The daily fundamental is pickoffs and rundowns.

On deck

Friday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — LHP Cesar Ramos; Orioles — RHP Chris Tillman

Saturday: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — LHP David Price; Pirates — TBA

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — RHP Alex Cobb; Twins — TBA

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.

March

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: OF Mikie Mahtook

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

Joe Cinema

Manager Joe Maddon was the lucky "winner" in what for now is a daily drawing among the Rays to wear a GoPro video camera during the workout, with video director Chris "Chico" Fernandez compiling the best clips. "It needs to be edited by Chico," Maddon joked. "It probably could be used more on Showtime than your local affiliate, so we'll see what we can do with it. … It's Hard-er Knocks."

Follow the bouncing ball

Wil Myers has been bragging about his pingpong abilities but got schooled pretty well Monday morning by Evan Longoria. "He got me," Myers said. "I didn't think he would. I couldn't figure out his serve. But I'll get him."

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Rays: Maddon gets to don camera

02/24/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 24, 2014 10:20pm]

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