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RAYS

SPRING TRAINING

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Hair today …

RHP Josh Lueke stopped shaving at the end of last season and spent most of the offseason with a rather, shall we say, full beard. He trimmed it back a couple inches to report to camp but says his fianceé may have a say in how long he keeps it. "As long as she lets me," he said. "I may have to shave for Valentine's Day."

Quote of the day

"That was the toughest negotiation of the winter."

Rays exec VP Andrew Friedman, on getting Joel Peralta to stop pitching in winter ball.

Name game

Evan Longoria said he and girlfriend Jaime Edmondson haven't decided on a name for their baby girl, who is due April 1. But Longoria, who routinely gets jeered by fans derisively chanting the name of a certain actor, said one they definitely won't consider: Eva.

Accomplishment of the day

In an offseason in which he won the AL Cy Young Award and was chosen for the cover of the MLB2K13 video game, LHP David Price was downright gleeful about another recent accomplishment: a one-stroke win in a golf match at Innisbrook's Island course over 3B coach Tom Foley, one of the team's best. "I beat Foley," Price said. "Put that in there." Foley, who had won the previous week, had some fun in return: "If you beat someone every time they might not want to keep playing."

Who is this Ray?

He is a 17-year big-league veteran. Was a first-round pick by the Rockies (in 1993). Has played for nine different teams. Has never been in the playoffs. Was released seven times. (Answer below)

The dish

Today's first workout for pitchers and catchers starts at 10 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte) and lasts 3 hours. Admission and parking free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 South to Toledo Blade Road, go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, stadium complex is on left. For more information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads up

Several of the big-name pitchers are scheduled to throw off the mounds, with the session starting around 11: David Price, Jeff Niemann, Jeremy Hellickson, Fernando Rodney and Roberto Hernandez.

Exhibition schedule

Tickets: $10-27, available via raysbaseball.com, at CSP and Trop box offices, Tampa team store, through Ticketmaster.

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

All games 1:05 unless noted

February

23 - vs. Pirates, at Red Sox 1:35

24 - at Twins

25 - vs. Red Sox (ss)

26 - vs. Astros

27 - at Pirates

28 - Tigers

March

1 - at Blue 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 O's, 7:05

29 - at Tigers

30 - vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10

Who is this Ray: RHP Jamey Wright

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On the Web

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

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