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Rays rail: Ripken promotes children's book at Rays camp

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

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



Book Club

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken was on hand Sunday to pitch his third children's book, Wild Pitch, which deals with confidence issues. "It's a chance to promote reading and, through a group of travel team guys to create characters to talk about some social issues," he said.

Legendary status

Slugger Cecil Fielder, right, donned a No. 45 Rays uniform for a few days as the latest member of manager Joe Maddon's "Adopt-a-Legend" program. "He's already been a lot of fun in the clubhouse, he's very excited to be here and I think he has a lot to offer," Maddon said of the 49-year-old.

Play of the day

Maddon had been joking that pitching coach Jim Hickey was eager for some TV time, and called his fifth-inning outing to make a pitching change the highlight of the day: "The point to the bullpen was very demonstrative, I kinda liked that."

Blinded by the light?

The B-Street Band, the Bruce Springsteen tribute group led by Maddon buddy Willie Forte, is performing free pregame shows tonight and Tuesday. The Rays had incorrectly announced they were playing Sunday.

Who is this Ray?

He was a 21st-round draft pick in 2010 out of Tennessee Tech. Worked his way to Triple-A Durham in three seasons. Is in big-league camp for first time.

The dish

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Radio: 620-AM

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: 5 p.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 left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 4:30.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Roberto Hernandez, Jamey Wright, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee; Twins — Vince Worley, Brian Duensing, Ryan Pressley, Tyler Robertson, Kyle Gibson

Heads-up

Hernandez has been impressive, though he has four walks in six innings, and that is something to watch.

On deck

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

Wednesday: Off

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

Who is this Ray: LHP Adam Liberatore

Rays rail: Ripken promotes children's book at Rays camp 03/10/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 10, 2013 11:07pm]
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