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Rays: Ripken's parental advice; David Price golf champ

Cal's words of advice

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, whose company owns the minor-league Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte, was at Thursday's game promoting his fourth children's book, Squeeze Play, about the pressure parents put on kids. "I've always enjoyed the chance to deliver a message to kids and be a positive influence," he said.

Fore Price, trip pays off

The trip up to the Innisbrook Resort on Wednesday was worth it for Rays LHP David Price, who teamed with pro Jason Kohrak, former Buc Ronde Barber and comedian Ron White to win the pro-am at the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, shooting 14 under. "I had a great time," Price said.

Number of the day

10,000 Ticket flex packs (three, six and nine games) Rays have sold for this season.

For openers

A list of the Rays' opening day starters:

1998: Wilson Alvarez

1999: Wilson Alvarez

2000: Steve Trachsel

2001: Albie Lopez

2002: Tanyon Sturtze

2003: Joe Kennedy

2004: Victor Zambrano

2005: Dewon Brazelton

2006: Scott Kazmir

2007: Scott Kazmir

2008: James Shields

2009: James Shields

2010: James Shields

2011: David Price

2012: James Shields

2013: David Price

Who is this Ray?

Born in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Majored in sociology at Vanderbilt. Has a famous French bulldog. Also has a key to the city of Tampa.

The dish

Rays at Braves

When/where: 1:05 today; Champion Stadium, 700 Victory Way, at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney

TV/radio: None

Tickets: $12-52, available through Ticketmaster

Pitchers: Rays — RH Chris Archer, RH Steve Geltz; Braves — RH David Hale, Craig Kimbrel, Luis Avilan, Gus Schlosser

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

Heads-up

RHP Chris Archer makes his third spring start and OFs Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce and Wil Myers are the biggest names on the travel squad.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Jays, 1:05. Rays — LH Erik Bedard; Jays — LH Sean Nolin; and at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi; Pirates — RH Edinson Volquez

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — LH David Price; Red Sox — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

23 at Red Sox

24 at Twins

25 Red Sox

26 Orioles 7:05

27 at Orioles, 7:05

28 at Tigers

29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05

Who is this Ray: LHP David Price

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

March

12 at Blue Jays

13 Pirates

14 at Braves

15 (ss) Blue Jays; at Pirates

16 Red Sox

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

23 at Red Sox

24 at Twins

25 Red Sox

26 Orioles 7:05

27 at Orioles, 7:05

28 at Tigers

29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05

Rays: Ripken's parental advice; David Price golf champ 03/13/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:08pm]
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