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RAYS

SPRING TRAINING

Rays rail: A diminutive hitting group

A new ticket deal

The Rays have a new program called Ticket Tandems for certain games that, for a premium ($1 to $7), will include an exclusive giveaway item. The schedule, with further details on raysbaseball.com:

May 24-26, Fernando Rodney figurine, above

June 14-16, jersey apron

June 28-30, historic canvas print

Aug. 16-18, welcome mat

Sept. 20-24, messenger bag

Who is this Ray?

He starred at the University of Florida. His father played at Florida State and briefly in the majors. Has a twin brother who played at SPC and Tampa. Was acquired from the Padres.

The dish

Today's full-squad workout starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte) and lasts 3½ hours. Admission and parking free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 South to Toledo Blade Road, go west 6 ½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, stadium complex is on left. For more information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads up

Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and Alex Cobb are among the pitchers scheduled to throw "live" batting practice to their teammates, starting at 11 a.m.

Who is this Ray: INF Cole Figueroa

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On the Web

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

Exhibition schedule

Tickets: $10-27, available at raysbaseball.com, Charlotte Sports Park and Trop box offices, Tampa team store, through Ticketmaster.

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

All games 1:05 unless noted

February

23: vs. Pirates, at Red Sox, 1:35

24: at Twins

25: vs. Red Sox (ss)

26: vs. Astros

27: at Pirates

28: vs. Tigers

March

1: at Jays

2: vs. Orioles

3: vs. Twins

4: at Red Sox, 1:35

5: at Twins

6: Off

7: at Pirates

8: vs. Phillies

9: at Phillies

10: vs. Red Sox

11: vs. Twins, 7:05

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



Quote of the day

"I won't have B.J. (Upton, former teammate) here to cheat anymore so I should win."

David Price, left, on Monday's charity golf tournament. Pitching coach Jim Hickey's St. Anthony's Hospital team won, with Cesar Ramos second and Jake McGee third.



From the size of things

One Monday hitting group consisted of INF Mike Fontenot (listed at 5 feet 8), OF Sam Fuld (5-10), INF Ryan Roberts (5-11) and INF/OF Sean Rodriguez (6-0, supposedly). "We looked at each other and we were like, 'Wow, we might be the four shortest guys out here,' " Fuld said. "And then we remembered Figgy (INF Cole Figueroa, listed at 5-10)." (Actually, they also overlooked 5-8 C Craig Albernaz and 5-9 OF Jason Bourgeois.) RHP Jeff Niemann — 6-9 before he steps on the mound — noticed: "I think they're trying to make me work down in the zone giving me that group."

Rays rail: A diminutive hitting group 02/18/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 9:31pm]
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