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Rays rail: Maddon looking for place for new RV

Farnsworth's great adventure

RHP Kyle Farnsworth has spent the past two springs living in his 40-foot RV, which sleeps six and also has all the comforts of home, parked near the Charlotte Sports Park. "It's like a mini-house," Farnsworth said. "And it's got everything I need."

The Rising

The B-Street Band, the Bruce Springsteen tribute group led by Maddon childhood friend Willie Forte, plays another free show before today's game.

Who is this Ray?

He was a swimmer growing up and eventually chose baseball over water polo. Has a brother who played in the minors. Was acquired on waivers from San Diego. Got married at home plate.

The dish

Rays vs. Yankees

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

Internet radio: mlb.com (subscription required)

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $12. 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 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 at 10:30.

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

Pitchers: Rays Alex Cobb, Brandon Gomes, J.D. Martin; Yankees — Ivan Nova, Brett Marshall, Matt Tracy, Chase Whitley, Josh Spence

Heads-up

Former Rays 1B/DH Dan Johnson yes, that Dan Johnson — is in camp with the Yankees and scheduled to make the trip.

On deck

Wednesday: Off

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

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

Who is this Ray: C Jose Lobaton

Maddon's great adventure

Manager Joe Maddon bought a 30-foot RV and is looking for a parking place, preferably in Punta Gorda, so he can live in it next spring training. Not that he will be roughing it, since it has DirecTV, Sirius/XM Radio, fridge, microwave and shower. "All the amenities," Maddon said. "It could be rather fun. I want to do this if I can."

Quote of the day

"From what I understand, RV-ing is making a comeback. I'm not talking about Rick Vaughn-ing, the actual recreational vehicles."

Maddon, bringing the team VP, right, into the topic

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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



Rays rail: Maddon looking for place for new RV 03/11/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 11, 2013 9:41pm]
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