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Rays rail: Creepy boar's head, photo day, chill clubhouse

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

February

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



Guest of the day

Steve Schnall, who coached then-QB Joe Maddon on the freshman football team at Lafayette College, visited camp and spoke to the team. Maddon called him "the energy coach." Schnall, right, called him, "the original Doug Flutie."

Number of the day

86.5 Rays wins, the over/under set by the Bovada online gambling site.

Smile for the camera

Thursday was photo day, which meant the players made the rounds for head shots, posed photos and the Tampa Bay Times' Meet the Rays video, which you can look for on tampabay.com by opening day.

Quote of the day

"Beards, earrings, tattoos; we like it all. We definitely promote individuality around here."

Joe Maddon, manager, on the relaxed atmosphere compared to other teams

Heads-up in clubhouse

DH Luke Scott was excited that the boar's head he brought into the clubhouse was mounted to the side of his locker, and he popped a team cap on it. "He's an official Ray now," Scott said. His teammates seemed both amused and surprised. And the kind of creepy fact that its eyes seem to follow one around the room. "That's normal," Scott said.

Who is this Ray?

He was a three-year letterman at Eckerd College. Signed as a free agent. Is in big-league camp for the fifth straight season. Has played leftfield, second base ,catcher and pitcher in minors.

The dish

The Rays will have their final full-squad workout of the spring at 9:30 this morning at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte), but it will be closed to the public since it is being held on the stadium field. Cutoffs and relays will be the focus.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Saturday: vs. Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Pirates — Jeff Locke; at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:35. Rays — Enny Romero; Red Sox — John Lackey

Sunday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Twins — Liam Hendriks

Monday: vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves

Tuesday: vs. Astros, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Astros — TBA

Who is this Ray: C Craig Albernaz

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

Rays rail: Creepy boar's head, photo day, chill clubhouse 02/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 8:42pm]
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