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Loss of the day

Troy Percival found out someone broke into his Riverside, Calif., home and stole the TVs, his golf clubs and a 1955 Ford truck he spent three years restoring. "They're going to have to sell it for pieces because everyone knows what it looks like," he said.

Fan-friendly move of the day

When fan Larry Simeone was plunked by a ball during a popup drill in swirling winds, manager Joe Maddon made him feel better by giving him a signed Evan Longoria bat. Maddon also offered $100 to any fan who caught a ball cleanly: "When it was so windy I knew they had no chance."

Quick work of the day

Along the Welcome to Charlotte County parade route, fans were already holding signs with Maddon's new motivational slogan '09 > '08.

The dish …

Today's full-squad workout starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Driving time from the Tampa Bay area is 1½-2 hours. The suggested route: Take I-75 south to exit 179 (North Port/Port Charlotte), turn right (west) on Toledo Blade Road, go about 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), turn right, go about 2 miles; stadium complex will be on your left. Workouts usually last 2½-3 hours. Admission and parking are free.

List of the day

LHP J.P. Howell had quite a fan club last season, ranking first among AL relievers in strikeouts:

Pitcher, teamKs

J.P. Howell, Rays92

Octavio Dotel, W. Sox92

Rafael Perez, Indians86

F. Francisco, Rangers82

Grant Balfour, Rays82

Source: Rays

Rays exhibition schedule

Home games at Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

TICKETS: All reserved seats sold out, berm seating available for $9 except for Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies games (sold out). Available through raysbaseball.com, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store, and through Ticketmaster.

For information: 1-888-FAN-RAYS (326-7297)

Games at 1:05 unless noted

February

25: Reds

26: at Yankees, 1:15

27: Boston

28: at Phillies

March

1: Blue Jays

2: at Cardinals

3: Astros

4: Puerto Rico, 7:05

5: off

6: at Pirates

7: Red Sox

8: at Red Sox

9: Twins

10: Blue Jays

11: off

12 :Phillies

13: at Blue Jays

14: at Reds

15: Pirates

16: at Pirates, 7:05

17: off

18: Reds

19: Cardinals

20: at Jays

21: at Orioles

22: Yankees

23: at Pirates

24: off

25: Pirates, 7:05

26: at Tigers

27: at Twins

28: Reds

29: at Reds

30: at Twins

31: at Red Sox

April

1: Twins

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Find of the day

LF Carl Crawford thought he'd lost his diamond earrings during the workout. Turns out the $10,000 rocks, which he'd put in his pocket when taping a TV spot, fell out in the batting cage, and he found them there a few hours later. "I got lucky," he said.

Quote of the day

"I said, 'Hello, Mr. Jackson.' He called me 'Mr. Longoria.' That was pretty cool."

3B Evan Longoria, left, on meeting Bo Jackson at an offseason golf tournament

Rays news and notes 02/19/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 20, 2009 7:11am]
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