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Rays rail: David Price's District K-9, Dan Johnson back in Port Charlotte, more

Price gets District K-9

At least for David Price's opening day start, and maybe others, the Rays are offering a special "District K-9" — get it, with his dog Astro in the logo? — ticket offer that includes a lower level seat (Secs. 132-134, near the Rays bullpen), special T-shirt and a "K" card for $50. See

Familiar face … kind of

Dan Johnson — yes, that Dan Johnson — was back in Port Charlotte on Tuesday, but with a different look. He's in camp with the Yankees — trying to win a job — and thus he's without the beard he has had, "oh, since I could grow one." Several Rays personnel walked by him without noticing.

Quote of the day

"It's rigged, man. Joe didn't even give us a fair chance."

RHP Alex Cobb, above, joking about David Price being chosen opening day starter.

For starters

Rays opening day starters:

1998: Wilson Alvarez

1999: Wilson Alvarez

2000: Steve Trachsel

2001: Albie Lopez

2002: Tanyon Sturtze

2003: Joe Kennedy

2004: Victor Zambrano

2005: Dewon Brazleton

2006: Scott Kazmir

2007: Scott Kazmir

2008: James Shields

2009: James Shields

2010: James Shields

2011: David Price

2012: James Shields

2013: David Price

Number of the day


Players left on the spring roster

Who is this Ray?

Cuban defector who signed with the Rays in April 2010 and worked his way to Triple-A Durham. Lives in Wesley Chapel area. Named MVP for the Bulls in 2012.

The dish

Today: Off

Up next: Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:05 p.m., Thursday; Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota

Tickets: $8-32, available through, toll-free 1-800-745-3000

Pitchers: Rays — Jeff Niemann, Cesar Ramos, Josh Lueke, Juan Sandoval; Orioles — TBA

On deck

Thursday: vs. Orioles (Sarasota), 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; O's — TBA

Friday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Phillies — TBA

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Who is this Ray: OF/1B Leslie Anderson

Remaining exhibition games

Tickets: $10-27, available at, 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


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

Rays rail: David Price's District K-9, Dan Johnson back in Port Charlotte, more 03/12/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:45am]
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