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Rays rail: Maddon praises Hooters girl for mistake; big Sunday in Port Charlotte

Remaining exhibition games

Ticket into: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $10/12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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



Play of the day

Hooters girl Priscilla — we tried but that's all we could get, as she declined comment — drew manager Joe Maddon's praise for her inadvertent "play" on a fair ball down the leftfield line by Shelley Duncan, who was given a double. "She moved her feet well," Maddon said . "I thought she presented her hands to the ball very well also. The overall package was very, um, efficient."

And there's a game

Today will be busy in Port Charlotte, in addition to the Rays-Red Sox game. Among the activities: a free pregame concert by the B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute group; Cal Ripken throwing out the first pitch and signing his children's book, Wild Pitch; Cecil Fielder in a Rays uniform in the Adopt-a-Legend program; principal owner Stuart Sternberg making his first spring appearance; and Sun Sports' first telecast.

Number of the day

11,022 Bright House Field record crowd on Saturday.

Family affair

INF Sean Rodriguez is a family man and has shown it this spring in the two games that his three children — Sofia, Sean Jr. and Vanelope — have attended, homering both times.

Who is this Ray?

He was a kinesiology major at Rice before being a first-round pick. Was cut from his middle school basketball team in favor of NBA-er Emeka Okafor. Recently turned 30.

The dish

Rays vs. Red Sox

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

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

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 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Josh Lueke, Juan Sandoval, Enny Romero; Red Sox — John Lackey, Clayton Mortensen, Chris Carpenter, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa, Daniel Bard, Steven Wright

Heads-up

Matt Moore has not been sharp in his first two outings, showing flawed mechanics and slightly reduced velocity.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Monday: vs. Twins, 7:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Twins — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Yankees — TBA

Wednesday: Off

Who is this Ray? RHP Jeff Niemann

Rays rail: Maddon praises Hooters girl for mistake; big Sunday in Port Charlotte 03/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 7:26pm]
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