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Rays rail: barber De La Rosa, Longoria's place

Remaining exhibition games

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

March

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

"It's like the baby comes out — 10 toes, 10 fingers, you're happy. They're healthy; that's good, that's all that matters."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on having all the starting pitching candidates get through their first outings

A real cut-up

Sitting in front of RHP Dane De La Rosa's locker Thursday morning was a barber's chair, a nod to his prowess in cutting hair. De La Rosa started years ago with friends and family, then spread to teammates. He and can handle pretty much any request. "I can do everything," he said.

Something cooking

3B Evan Longoria has plenty to be exited about with a $100 million contract extension and a new baby. And coming soon, he will be an owner of Ducky's Sports Lounge being planned for South Tampa. Story, 4B



Sports central

It's not uncommon to see footballs or soccer balls in use around the clubhouse. What's next? "Frisbees? Disc golf? Bocci balls?," C Chris Gimenez offered. "There's no shortage of extreme sports in here."

Who is this Ray?

He was a 2001 sandwich round pick by Cleveland as compensation for losing Manny Ramirez. Began his pro career with 22 scoreless innings. Made his big-league debut in 2009 for Washington.

The dish: Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:05 today; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: $15-30, available through bluejays.com, toll-free at 1-888-525-5297

Pitchers: Rays — Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Mike Montgomery; Blue Jays — Mark Buehrle, Darren Oliver, Sean Nolin, David Bush, Mickey Storey, Alex Hinshaw, Richard Thompson, Neil Wagner

Heads-up

OFs Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce, and blue-chip prospect Wil Myers, headline the travel squad. Also scheduled to play are C Jose Molina, INF Sean Rodriguez, prospect INF Tim Beckham.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Saturday: Orioles, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen

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

Monday: Red Sox (at Fort Myers), 1:35. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Who is this Ray? RHP J.D. Martin

Rays rail: barber De La Rosa, Longoria's place 02/28/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:28pm]
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