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Rays: Remembering Sandy Hook; previewing Robinson movie

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

25: vs. Pirates

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?

He grew up in the Brandon area. Hits left-handed but does everything else right-handed. Was acquired in a trade.

The dish Rays vs. Twins

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

TV/radio: Fox Sports Florida; 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 store

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 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 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Cesar Ramos, Kyle Farnsworth, Jake McGee; Twins — Kevin Correira, Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Casey Fien

Heads-up

Coming off messy minor-league outing Monday and another minor-league outing before that, Price will welcome the chance to face major-league hitters again.

On deck

Sunday: at Yankees (Tampa), 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Yankees — Adam Warren

Who is this Ray? OF Matt Joyce

In memoriam

The Rays and the other 29 teams will wear this patch on opening day as part of MLB's tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Each team will auction off an autographed jersey to benefit a support fund.

Chicago influence

Bench coach Dave Martinez, right, had a little fun with OF Willie Argo and C Geoffey Rowan, two of the minor-leaguers called up for the day in Bradenton. Noting Argo played at Illinois and Rowan at Northwestern, Martinez asked if they knew his Chicago career connection, When both knew he was with both the Cubs and White Sox, he told them they'd get to play in the game.



Review of the day

Manager Joe Maddon was among the more than 100 Rays players and staff to catch an advanced screening of the Jackie Robinson movie 42 Thursday night. Maddon enjoyed it, saying it was well-cast and acted, with the re-creation of the old ballparks "magical." INF Sean Rodriguez said while the baseball scenes could have been better, they really "painted the picture" of the racism Robinson endured. Said Maddon: "They did really well on a lot of different fronts."

Rays: Remembering Sandy Hook; previewing Robinson movie 03/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 10:36pm]
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