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Spring training

Rays news and notes

Quote of the day

"I'm not trying to have James Shields' changeup, because that doesn't come along too often."

LHP David Price, on getting tips from RHP Shields, whose best pitch is a changeup

Quote of the day 2

"Rollins, Utley and Howard were pretty good, too. I've been pretty fortunate."

DH Pat Burrell, a former Phillies slugger, on it being very appealing to hit fifth behind Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria and Carlos Peña

Spanish phrase of the day

"El lago de los derechos."

Manager Joe Maddon, on two homers Tuesday heading toward the lake behind the leftfield fence, what he dubbed the "lake for the (right-handers)."

Race of the day

Third-base coach Tom Foley raced speedy shortstop Tim Beckham, the 2008 top pick, during the morning warmups. And Foley won. Though there appeared to be an inside joke — and reason — behind the upset, Foley said: "I beat him so bad, he didn't even finish."

Number of the day

.000 2B Akinori Iwamura's batting average through three games of the World Baseball Classic (0-for-9)

Number of the day 2

3 Home runs for nonroster invitee OF Ray Sadler, tying him for the team lead with Elliot Johnson

Prediction of the day

The Rays have today off and will host their annual golf tournament. Manager Joe Maddon said LHP David Price is an "absolute sleeper" to win it. "He's off the tee, he's got draw, like 300 yards, firm, smooth swing, and then he's got touch around the green. It's really sickening. And on top of that he's a pretty good left-handed pitcher."

Taking the fifth

An occasional look at the competition for the No. 5 starter spot:

LHP David Price pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, giving up no hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

On deck

Today: Off

Thursday: Phillies, at Charlotte Sports Park, 1:05. Rays — James Shields; Phillies — Jamie Moyer

Friday: Blue Jays, at Dunedin, 1:05. Rays — Carlos Hernandez; Jays — TBA

Saturday: Reds, at Sarasota, 1:05. Rays — Scott Kazmir; Reds — TBA

Sunday: Pirates, at Charlotte Sports Park, 1:05. Rays — Matt Garza; Pirates — TBA

Monday: Pirates, at Bradenton, 7:05. Rays — TBA; Pirates — TBA

Rays exhibition schedule info

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

TICKETS: All reserved seats sold out, Red Sox and Yankees games sold out; limited berm seating available for $9 for Thursday's Phillies game. Available through, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store, and through Ticketmaster.

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

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays news and notes 03/10/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 7:28am]
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