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Rays: Paintball fun; Cal Ripken Jr.; Maddon colonoscopy

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

12: vs. Yankees

13: Off

14: at Orioles

15: vs. Phillies

16: vs. Red Sox

17: at Red Sox, 1:35

18: Off

19: at Tigers

20: at Twins, 7:05

21: vs. Jays

22: vs. Orioles, at Pirates

23: vs. Twins

24: at Yankees

25: vs. Pirates, 7:05

26: at Phillies

27: vs. Jays

28: at Orioles, 7:05

29: at Tigers

30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10



Who is this Ray? C Stephen Vogt

Paint-ballin'

About 10 Rays took part in Wednesday's paint ball outing organized by RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who included some of his buddies from the Tampa Bay Damage team. "We had a blast," RHP Kirby Yates said. Farnsworth got tagged pretty well by INF Tim Beckham. "Friendly fire," Beckham said. "I left a few wounds, and I wore a couple." LHP David Price tweeted a photo of the hit he took on his forehead, though no one seemed to want to admit hitting the AL Cy Young Award winner.

Sign of the times

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., left, will be at Charlotte Sports Park on Sunday to promote and sign copies of his new children's book, Wild Pitch. Ripken also will throw out the first pitch for the game against the Red Sox.



Birthday stripe

Rylan Brewer of Bradenton got to celebrate his second birthday in style, sporting a blue Rayhawk at Thursday's game with mom Karen.

Who is this Ray?

Was a first-team NAIA All-America at Azusa Pacific and once faced his brother. Filled in as an umpire for an FSL game. Was Rays' 2011 minor-league player of year.

Quote of the day

"It's kind of like experiencing a thief in the night. You just didn't even know they were there."

manager Joe Maddon on his colonoscopy

The dish: Rays vs. Phillies

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

Radio: mlb.com (subscription required)

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10:30.

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

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Jamey Wright, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Brandon Gomes, Jake McGee; Phillies — Kyle Kendrick, Mike Adams, Michael Stutes, Aaron Cook

Heads-up

3B Evan Longoria is set to return after two days off and reporting no problems with his hamstring.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Saturday: at Phillies (Clearwater), 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Phillies — John Lannan

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — John Lackey

Monday: vs. Twins, 7:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Twins — TBA

Rays 4, Pirates 2

T.B. ab r h bi Pittsburghab r h bi

Jennings cf 2 0 1 0 Pie lf 3 0 0 0

Myers rf-lf 2 1 1 0 Ford lf 1 0 0 0

Fontenot ss 4 1 1 0 Snider rf 2 0 0 0

Guyer rf 1 0 0 0 Tabata rf 1 0 0 0

Roberts 2b 3 0 0 0 McCtchen cf 3 0 0 0

Beckham 2b 2 1 1 2 Presley cf 1 0 0 0

Joyce rf 2 0 0 0 Hawpe 1b 3 0 0 0

Anderson 1b 2 0 2 1 Hague 1b 1 1 1 0

Loney 1b 2 0 1 0 G.Sanchez 3b 3 0 0 0

Bourgeois cf 0 0 0 0 Goedert 3b 0 1 0 0

Cust dh 2 0 0 0 R.Martin dh 4 0 1 2

Duncan dh 1 0 0 0 C.Myles pr-dh 0 0 0 0

S.Rdriguez lf 3 0 0 0 Mercer ss 2 0 0 0

Vogt ph-c 2 0 0 0 C.d'Arnaud ss 2 0 0 0

C.Gimenez 3b 3 0 2 0 T.Sanchez c 2 0 0 0

H.Lee pr-ss 1 1 0 0 May c 1 0 0 0

Lobaton c 3 0 0 0 J.Harrison 2b 1 0 1 0

C.Figueroa 3b 1 0 0 0 De Jesus 2b 1 0 1 0

Totals 36 4 9 3 Totals 31 2 4 2

Tampa Bay 000 000 400— 4

Pittsburgh 000 000 002— 2

EHawpe (2), G.Sanchez (1). DPTampa Bay 1. LOBTampa Bay 12, Pittsburgh 5. 2BT.Beckham (2), C.Gimenez (2), R.Martin (1). SBT.Beckham (2), J.Harrison (1).

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO

Cobb 4 1 0 0 0 5

Archer W,1-0 3 0 0 0 2 3

Odorizzi 2 3 2 2 1 3

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO

Ja.McDonald 4 1 0 0 3 1

Melancon 1 1 0 0 0 0

J.Gomez L,0-2 1M4 4 0 0 1

J.Wilson 1L2 0 0 2 2

H.Strickland 1 1 0 0 1 1

HBPby Ja.McDonald (De.Jennings). T2:55. A5,716 (6,562).

Rays: Paintball fun; Cal Ripken Jr.; Maddon colonoscopy 03/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:11pm]

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