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Rays rail: Price paintball, Maddon colonoscopy, Google Solondz

Painting the town

At least a few players, including LHP David Price, spent Wednesday's off day playing paintball in a session arranged by Kyle Farnsworth. Price posted a photo on his Twitter account before they got started, bragged in an update that "i lay great cover fire!!!" but then tweeted a photo showing a welt on his forehead: "hahah through the beanie!!! Did not feel good!! #paintballpro"

Who is this Ray?

He had a scholarship offer from UNLV before signing with the Rays. Is a huge Atlanta Falcons fan. Began his career as a starting pitcher. Made an offseason trip to Ireland.

'All good' for Maddon

Rays manager Joe Maddon posted on his Twitter account that his Wednesday morning colonoscopy — his first, at age 59 — went well: "Colonoscopy completed. All good. Painless and now realize nothing to fear. Should have done it sooner. Urge everyone 50+ to get 'er done."

The dish: Rays at Pirates

When/where: 1:05 today; McKechnie Field, 1611 9th St. W, Bradenton

Tickets: $14-24, available through pirates.com or toll-free 1-877-893-2827

Pitchers: Rays — Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi; Pirates — James McDonald, Jeanmar Gomez, Justin Wilson, Vic Black, Brooks Brown, Mark Melancon

Heads-up

Archer and Odorizzi are likely headed to Triple A to start this season, so this is another chance to show what they can do.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Friday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Phillies — Kyle Kendrick

Saturday: at Phillies (Clearwater), 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Phillies — John Lannan

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Red Sox — TBA

Remaining exhibition games

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.

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

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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



Who is this Ray? LHP Jake McGee

Say hello to 'Googs' Solondz

Radio pre- and postgame host Neil Solondz is a font of information, some useful, some a bit, well, arcane. So much so that manager Joe Maddon wonders if he might be the world's answer man. "Actually when you are Googling, it's going to him," Maddon said. "Then he types in the answer and it comes back to you."

On the up and up

Yankees GM Brian Cashman, right, had an unfortunate outcome to his skydiving adventure this week, breaking his right ankle and leg. Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman tried it once, in 2002, successfully, and has also been hang gliding.

Rays rail: Price paintball, Maddon colonoscopy, Google Solondz 03/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10:06pm]
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