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Rays rail: Maddon impressed by Beckham, McKechnie renovations

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

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

"Everything he was doing today was outrageously good. That's what you want to envision when you think about him."

Manager Joe Maddon, bottom right, on INF Tim Beckham, the 2008 top pick, who had a double and triple and played well at second Wednesday

Number of the day

200

All-time Grapefruit League victories by the Rays, after Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Pirates.

Who is this Ray?

This 33-year-old outfielder picked up his first career hit in May with Rays, appearing in first big-league game in eight years. Has seven 40-plus steal seasons in minors.

The dish

Rays vs. Tigers

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

Internet radio: raysbaseball.com (subscription)

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $10. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticket­master, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from 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 left.

Parking: $10, lots open 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — Roberto Hernandez, Matt Moore, Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, Cesar Ramos, Jamey Wright; Tigers — Anibal Sanchez, Trevor Bell, Luis Marte, Jose Alvarez, Darin Downs, Kenny Faulk

Heads-up

LHP Matt Moore will make his spring debut today, pitching in relief after starter RHP Roberto Hernandez, who is a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

On deck

Friday: at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — Jake Odorizzi; Jays — TBA

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Orioles — TBA

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

Who is this Ray? OF Rich Thompson

Review of the day

The Rays were impressed with the extensive renovations to McKechnie Field, with the $10 million project including adding leftfield bleachers and a boardwalk surrounding the outfield. "Beautiful, outstanding job," manager Joe Maddon said. "It looks a lot like Port Charlotte now."

Rays rail: Maddon impressed by Beckham, McKechnie renovations 02/27/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:39pm]
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