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Spring training

Rays promo sked

March 31: Schedule magnet

April 4: Rays Wall Banner

April 5: Wil Myers Rookie of the Year Bobblehead

April 6: Desmond Jennings Baseball Buddy*

April 18: Evan Longoria T-shirt

April 20: Joe Maddon Hoodie Drawstring Bag*

May 9: Ladies Wristlet

May 10: DJ Kitty Plush Hat

May 11: Rays Sun Hat (women only)

May 23: Alex Cobb Military Bobblehead

May 25: David Price and Astro Dog Tags*

June 6: Rays Beach Towel

June 8: James Loney Grill Set (men only)

June 20: Rays Duffle

June 22: Ben Zobrist Wiffle Ball Set*

July 11: Rays Umbrella

July 13: Yunel Escobar Basketball Hoop*

July 25: Don Zimmer Snowglobe

July 27: Chris Archer Christmas Stocking*

Aug. 1: Joe Maddon Wine Glasses

Aug. 2: Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head

Aug. 3: Wil Myers Bike Horn*

Aug. 15: Rays Cooler

Aug. 17: Mr. Happy Bobblehead*

Aug. 29: Raymond Gnome

Aug. 31: Matt Moore Kids Plate and Cup Set*

Sept. 5: Fan Vote Player T-Shirt

Sept. 6: Evan Longoria '80s Hair Band Drummer Bobblehead

Sept. 7: Solar Power Waving DJ Kitty

Sept. 19: Rays Stein

Sept. 21: Raymond Train*

* kids only; Tampa Bay Times Ticket Tandem

Note: Single-game ticket sales start March 1; 3-6-9 game flex packs available now

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.


LHP David Price, RHP Alex Cobb and RHP Grant Balfour are among those expected to throw their bullpen sessions, starting around 10:05.

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Single-game range from $10-$29, available at, 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.


28 Orioles


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

Introducing, the Joe-tato

Manager Joe Maddon played with Mr. Potato Head growing up in Pennsylvania, both the pieces you stuck into real potatoes, and the plastic version. So he knew what the Rays marketing folks were getting him into their new promotion, the Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head, given away Aug. 2. "It's part of a lot of the crazy stuff that we do that's also highly complimentary at the same time," Maddon said. "Let's just say I'm happy to be lionized (lyonaised?) as Mr. Potato Head."

Reacting to Mr. Potato Head

"I see the resemblance."

— 2B/OF Ben Zobrist 02/18/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:52pm]
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