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Rays: Maddon hates pewter, ready to take on review

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.

The dish

Rays vs. Pirates

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Radio: 620-AM

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

On deck

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

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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: LH Cesar Ramos

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Rays: Maddon hates pewter, ready to take on review 03/07/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 10:07pm]
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