No gray matter
Rays manager Joe Maddon gets asked about all kinds of things, and Friday it was the new Bucs uniforms. Maddon diplomatically said he preferred the original orange scheme and revealed a previously undisclosed bias: "I'm not into pewter. I'm antipewter. Pewter shouldn't even be a color. It should be some form of a decorative bowl on your table."
Quote of the day
"I could've got kicked out if they had changed that one."
Manager Joe Maddon, on the ninth-inning call at first base that was reviewed
Who is this Ray?
Roomed with Evan Longoria in college. Pitched for Mexico in World Baseball Classic. An 8-handicap golfer.
Rays vs. Pirates
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$29, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.
Parking: $10, lots open at 10
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Grant Balfour, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee; Pirates — Francisco Liriano, Duke Welker, Adam Wilk, Cody Eppley, Zack Thornton
Sunday: at Yankees (Tampa), 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer, Josh Lueke; Yankees — David Phelps
Monday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Red Sox — Jon Lester
Tuesday: Twins, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Twins — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
12 at Blue Jays
14 at Braves
15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates
16 Red Sox
18 at Twins, 7:05
19 at Orioles
20 Twins, 7:05
21 Blue Jays
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: LH Cesar Ramos
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