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Rays rail: Zimmer praises Jackie Robinson movie

Movie review of the day

Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, who saw first-hand what Jackie Robinson went through playing with him for several seasons, enjoyed a Monday screening of the new movie, 42: "I thought it was right on target."

Last man standing

If you were picking the last player cut as the Rays set their roster, C Craig Albernaz would not have been your first choice. But the career minor-leaguer looks to be just that, lending a hand during the final days of exhibitions with the rest of the team set. "I love it," Albernaz said. "I don't mind being a big-leaguer for a couple more days before I have to go back to reality."

Jaye's wild ride

Jaye Maddon, wife of manager Joe, pulled their 30-foot RV into Tampa Monday evening, ending her cross-country trip with their two dogs and her two sons, raising funds for petpalanimalshelter.com. "I'm really proud of her, a young lady and two boys and two dogs, it could be a sitcom of some kind, a reality TV show, going 2,600 miles in six days," Maddon said. "She did really well."

Number of the day

53 Temperature at first pitch Tuesday in Clearwater

Who is this Ray?

Is one of 30 native Floridians to play for the Rays. Has an older brother who starred in college ball at New Mexico. Plays golf right-handed, does everything else left-handed.

The dish Rays vs. Blue Jays

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

TV/Internet radio: Sun Sports; mlb.com (subscription required)

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: 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 Jeff Niemann, Jake McGee, Fernando Rodney; Jays — J.A. Happ, Casey Janssen, Aaron Loup

Heads-up

Most of the regulars are expected to be in the lineup today; manager Joe Maddon said they will be looking to work on situational plays such as bunts.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Thursday: at Orioles (Sarasota), 7:05. Rays — David Price; O's — Steve Johnson

Friday: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Tigers — TBA

Saturday: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10. Rays — Matt Moore; Tigers — TBA

Sunday: Off

Monday: Workout at Trop, closed to public

Tuesday: Season opener, vs. Orioles, 3:10. Rays — David Price; Orioles — Jason Hammel

Who is this Ray: LHP Matt Moore

Follow our coverage all spring on The Heater blog (tampabay.com/blogs/rays) and on Twitter @TBTimes_Rays.

Rays rail: Zimmer praises Jackie Robinson movie 03/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:41pm]
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