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Rays manager Cash to cross third president off list

He's Kevin 'Forrest' Cash for a reason

The trip to Cuba will afford the Rays many opportunities. Among them, presumably, will be manager Kevin Cash meeting his third U.S. president since Barack Obama is expected to attend the game. Cash met George W. Bush during a trip to the White House to honor the 2007 champion Red Sox, and George H.W. Bush at the Houston ballpark while playing for the Astros in 2010.

The dish Rays vs. Orioles

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

Radio: raysbaseball.com (signup required)

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-29, berm/boardwalk $10. Available via raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS) and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.).

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 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.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Pitchers: Rays — Erasmo Ramirez, Dana Eveland, Matt Andriese, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, Jamie Schultz; Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez, relievers TBA

Heads-up

The Rays apparently want to see early how OF Desmond Jennings looks after missing most of last season with left knee issues as he is the only player in the lineup today who started Wednesday. SS Brad Miller and DH Corey Dickerson will make their Rays debuts.

On deck

Friday: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Red Sox — RH Joe Kelly

Saturday: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly; Orioles — TBA

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Twins — TBA

Exhibition schedule

Rays tickets: Range from $10-29, available at raysbaseball.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS) and at CSP or Tropicana Field box offices, team Tampa Store (400 N Tampa St.). Prices increase to $15-$32 on March 12-13.

All games 1:05 p.m. unless noted.

March

7 at Red Sox (Fort Myers)

8 at Tigers (Lakeland)

9 vs. Blue Jays

10 vs. Pirates

11 at Pirates (Bradenton)

12 vs. Yankees

13 vs. Red Sox, at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

14 at Braves (Disney)

15 vs. Phillies

16 OFF

17 at Phillies (Clearwater)

18 vs. Red Sox

19 vs. Orioles

20 at Orioles (Sarasota)

21 OFF (in Cuba)

22 at Cuban National Team (Havana)

23 at Twins (Fort Myers)

24 at Yankees, 6:35 (Tampa)

25 vs. Twins

26 at Pirates, 6:05 (Bradenton)

27 vs. Blue Jays

28 OFF

29 at Blue Jays (Dunedin)

30 vs. Red Sox

31 vs. Pirates

April

1 at Braves (Disney), at Tigers (Lakeland)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays manager Cash to cross third president off list 03/02/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 11:16pm]
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