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RAYS

SPRING TRAINING

Rays rail: New gloves, spring records

Just sayin'

Do spring training games mean anything? All three times the Rays made the playoffs, they had winning spring records:

2012: 10-16-62004: 11-8

2011: 15-14-2 *2003: 8-19-3

2010: 20-8-2 *2002: 10-16-1

2009: 15-16-12001: 12-15-1

2008: 18-8-2 *2000: 14-17

2007: 10-19-21999: 14-14-1

2006: 13-16-11998: 12-18

2005: 13-16

* Made playoffs

Who is this Ray?

He is the nephew of a former Rays player. Was signed as a free agent. Named MVP at Double-A Montgomery while appearing in only 14 games.

The dish

Rays (ss) vs. Pirates

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

Radio: 620-AM

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

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from bay area 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 on left.

Parking: $10, lots open 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — Roberto Hernandez, Jeff Niemann, Mike Montgomery, Enny Romero, Fernando Rodney, J.D. Martin, Adam Liberatore; Pirates — Jeff Locke, Vin Mazzaro, Brooks Brown, Chris Leroux, Duke Welker, Bryan Morris, Mike Zagurski, Ryan Reid

Rays (ss) at Red Sox

When/where: 1:35 today; JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers

Tickets: $5-$46, available through redsox.com

Pitchers: Rays — Alex Colome, Marquis Fleming, Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke, Felipe Rivero, Matt Buschmann, Neil Schenk; Red Sox — John Lackey, Drake Britton, Pedro Beato, Anthony Carter, Jose De La Torre, Oscar Villarreal, Alex Wilson, Steven Wright

Heads-up

If there is someone you want to see, pay attention because pitchers will work only one inning and position players likely only 3-4.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Sunday: at Twins (Fort Myers), 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Twins — Liam Hendriks

Monday: vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves

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

Who is this Ray? RHP Alex Colome

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

February

27: at Pirates

28: vs. Tigers

March

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



Smart aleck note of the day

It's the opening day of spring training. But you could say the Rays are in regular-season form with word that "plenty of seats remain" for today's home game against Pittsburgh and Monday's against Boston.

That's some handiwork

INF Ryan Roberts (left and right) was showing off the prototype of new gloves — for pregame drills and in the dugout — that, for those coordinated enough, come with a branding message. He shared a pair with manager Joe Maddon, who already envisioned a combo effort in the dugout with bench coach Dave Martinez. "When there's cameras in there, we want to be able to do this," he said. "Davey will put his left hand up, and I'll put my right hand up."

Rays rail: New gloves, spring records 02/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:15pm]
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