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Rays: Teasing Peralta on birthday; luau time

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

27: vs. Jays

28: at Orioles, 7:05

29: at Tigers

30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10

Luau time

The Rays held a postgame luau, raising $2,500 for several nonprofits, including the Charlotte County YMCA and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. LHP Matt Moore, OF Sam Fuld and DH Luke Scott were among players who participated.

Quote of the day

"Here's a guy that was better than advertised on paper. He was very impressive. … I told him, 'You're going to play in the big leagues.'

Manager Joe Maddon, on INF Cole Figueroa, one of five players reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday

Quote of the day 2

"George is a freak of nature. Nobody can eat more donuts and look that good."

Maddon on first-base coach George Hendrick, in light of Saturday morning's team nutritional meeting

Who is this Ray?

He made his big-league debut with the Cubs but has also played for three of the five AL East teams. Appeared in career-high 102 games last year for the Rays.

The dish Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:05 today; Steinbrenner Field (corner of Martin Luther King and Dale Mabry), Tampa

TV/radio: MLB; 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved $17-33 Available through yankees.com and ticketmaster.com, at the stadium, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Jeremy Hellickson, Joel Peralta; Yankees — Adam Warren, David Aardsma, Boone Logan

Heads-up

SS Yunel Escobar, LF Matt Joyce, CF Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist and C Jose Molina are among those making the trip to Tampa.

On deck

Monday: vs. Pirates, 7:05. Rays — Matt Moore; Pirates — Kyle McPherson

Tuesday: at Phillies (Clearwater), 1:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Phillies — Raul Valdes

Who is this Ray? C Jose Molina

Pranking Peralta

Veteran RHP Joel Peralta was surprised Saturday morning, on his 37th birthday, to find a large "Look Who's Over the Hill" sign above his locker and an inflatable walker in place of his chair. Caution tape surrounded the "Slow and Old Zone." "I love it," Peralta said, smiling. "It's awesome." Peralta did his part, wearing a large birthday hat and glasses and using an inflatable cane, which read, "Tease me about my age, and I'll beat you with my cane." Said manager Joe Maddon: "We were trying to do something more elaborate, but the local livestock commission was unable to cooperate to the level we were looking."

Rays: Teasing Peralta on birthday; luau time 03/23/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:15pm]
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