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Rays: Two 70s for Hazleton

Numbers game

The official story is it was just coincidence, but quite a one at that. Joe Maddon of Hazleton, Pa., wears No. 70 for the Rays, and INF Russ Canzler (right) of Hazleton, Pa., showed up Wednesday wearing No. 70 for the Yankees. "It's just a Hazleton thing," Maddon said. "The fact that he's wearing 70 is quite an honor for me."

Joe-cabulary entry of the day

Bombastic: Manager Joe Maddon in describing most of his Rays, save for pitching coach Jim Hickey: "We have the anti-bombastic on this team."

Glad to be of service

LHP David Price was happy to help out Tuesday by talking to Seminole High pitcher Andrew Mills, who is hospitalized recovering from an accidental shooting. Price heard about Mills from OF Desmond Jennings, who is friends with the Warhawk coaches. "It was good to talk to him," Price said. "It definitely meant a lot to him, and at a time like now, anything helps. That kind of thing is easy for us to do."

Who is this Ray?

Father is a minor-league manager for Cardinals. Has played seven positions in majors. Acquired in trade from Angels.

The dish

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:05 today; Ed Smith Stadium, 1090 N Euclid Ave., Sarasota

TV/radio: None

Tickets: $8-32, available through orioles.com, 1-877-222-2802

Pitchers: Rays — LH David Price, Heath Bell, Josh Lueke; Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez, relievers TBA

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

Heads-up

Ace David Price is set to pitch and several big-name stars, including Evan Longoria and Wil Myers, to play, but there is an 80 percent chance of rain.

On deck

Friday: at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05. Rays — RH Alex Cobb; Jays — RH Drew Hutchinson

Saturday: Pirates, 1:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore; Pirates — TBA

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer; Yankees — TBA

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

10 at Red Sox

11 Twins

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

Who is this Ray: INF Sean Rodriguez

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Rays: Two 70s for Hazleton 03/05/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:38pm]
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