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Rays: Mound condition causes delay

Quote of the day

"We think Jake is the right guy for this particular moment."

Manager Joe Maddon, on naming RHP Jake Odorizzi (right) the fifth starter

Delay of the day

Saturday's game was delayed for several minutes before the bottom of the 10th inning when Orioles RHP Alfredo Aceves was unhappy with the condition of the mound. Dirt was added, and pounded in, before the game resumed. "It was a divot or hole or crevice or crater in the mound," manager Joe Maddon said. "And Aceves wanted it fixed before he pitched. Every pitcher has every right to want that."

No more faux

Rays manager Joe Maddon was pleased that they were able to raise more than $50,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County Friday night during their sixth annual Baseball Dinner & Auction in Punta Gorda. Maddon was, however, sad to have to part with his faux leather sport coat. "I would have been absolutely horrible if I had not sold the jacket, so I did for $200," Maddon said. "I'll never find another one like it, but that's just the way it goes."

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Who is this Ray?

He's the only Iowa-born player in Rays history. Has two Yorkies named Jeter and Marley. Is a former AL rookie of the year.

The dish

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:05 today; JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers

TV/radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $5-48, available through redsox.com or at stadium box office.

Pitchers: Rays — LH Matt Moore; Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront, Brandon Workman, Burke Badenhop, Jose Mijares, Brayan Villarreal

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

Heads-up

LHP Matt Moore, who hit 96 mph in his last outing, makes his last lengthy spring start against the Red Sox.

On deck

Monday: at Twins, 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Twins — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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: RHP Jeremy Hellickson

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Rays: Mound condition causes delay 03/22/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:29pm]

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