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Rays rail: Let's do a show

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


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

Dynamic duo

C Chris Gimenez has gotten attention for his singing skills due to a viral video clip released this spring. C Stephen Vogt is well known for his comedic impressions of Rays officials and overall sense of humor. So is there a show to be staged? Maybe, Vogt suggested, along the lines of rocker Chris Daughtry, top right, and (now deceased) comic Chris Farley, bottom right. "That would work," Gimenez said.

Quote of the day

"I feel fine. … I felt more sore after our four-hour practice the other day."

INF/OF Ben Zobrist, on taking Sunday off after playing 7 innings Saturday

The dish: Rays vs. Red Sox (ss)

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

Internet radio:

Tickets: Reserved $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through 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 — Alex Cobb, Jamey Wright, Cesar Ramos, Jake McGee, Marquis Fleming; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves, Chris Hernandez, Daniel Bard, Clayton Mortenson, Oscar Villarreal, Alex Wilson


Cobb makes his first start, planning to work on his fastball and strike-throwing.

Who is this Ray?

He attended the same California high school as former Ray James Shields and teamed there with Trevor Bauer. Was first-round pick in 2008. Acquired in trade.

On deck

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

Wednesday: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Pirates — TBA

Thursday: vs. Tigers, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Tigers — TBA

Who is this Ray? LHP Mike Montgomery

Hitting the right note

The key to a good batting practice session, manager Joe Maddon said, is good music.

"Of course I'm going to be partial to Springsteen and the Stones and all that stuff," Maddon said. "It's got to have a good loud beat and have some rhythm to it."

Number of the day


Length of Sunday's game.

Rays rail: Let's do a show 02/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:18pm]
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