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Rays: Plantains for Rodney; Jackie Robinson salute; Price in dark

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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



Ghost rider

David Price prides himself on coming to the field early. But he went a little too far Wednesday, walking in at 6:40 a.m., then wondering why the clubhouse was dark and only recently demoted C Robinson Chirinos was in the workout room. "I was like, 'Where's everyone at?' Robby said, 'Night game.' I was like, 'Oh, yeah,' " Price said. Before going back to his rental house to sleep, Price tweeted a photo of the "ghost locker room."

'42' salute

Manager Joe Maddon has long pushed the idea of a Jackie Robinson movie or even a miniseries, and is excited about a screening tonight of the upcoming film, 42 — The True Story of an American Legend. "I've thought for a while it's the right thing to do in today's technology to hopefully re-create it in a way that represents more exactly what happened back then," Maddon said. "I'm really looking forward to seeing it."

Number of the day

12-1 Odds for Evan Longoria to be AL MVP; he is the seventh choice, with Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera the favorites at 1-2.

Jaye's great adventure

Jaye Maddon's first two days of the cross-country drive in their 30-foot RV with two dogs — English bulldog Winston and Great Dane Athena — and two sons went well, husband Joe said, with stops in Mesa, Ariz., and Las Cruces, N.M. Jaye is collecting penny-per-mile pledges at petpalanimalshelter.com and providing updates at maddondriveathon.mlblogs.com. Could Joe have gone on the weeklong trip? "Jaye and I would have been okay," he said. "But the two dogs … and two of your kids, that's the 'woof' factor."

Who is this Ray?

He grew up in Gilroy, Calif., known as the "Garlic Capital of the World." Played collegiately at Nevada-Reno, where he met his wife who he says is the better athlete. Was a 19th-round pick by Cleveland as an outfielder.

The dish Rays vs. Blue Jays

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

Internet radio: mlb.com (subscription required)

Tickets: Reserved $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 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — Roberto Hernandez, Kirby Yates, Jamey Wright; Jays — Claudio Vargas, Ramon Ortiz, Brett Cecil.

Heads-up

Hernandez gets another chance to make his case in the battle with Jeff Niemann for the fifth rotation spot.

On deck

Friday: Orioles, 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Orioles — Steve Johnson. At Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Pirates — Jeanmar Gomez

Saturday: Twins, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Twins — TBA

Sunday: at Yankees (Tampa), 1:05. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Who is this Ray? C Chris Gimenez

Plantains for all?

It would seem the obvious greeting for closer Fernando Rodney when he returns to Rays camp today would be a pile of plantains, given the big deal he made of the "magic" plantain during the WBC final. "I've thought about it," RHP, close find and fellow Dominican Joel Peralta said. "I don't know. We'll see."

Rays: Plantains for Rodney; Jackie Robinson salute; Price in dark 03/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:54pm]
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