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Tampa Bay Rays: AL East championship banner Joe Maddon's answer to Yankees; Jeremy Hellickson fails to get a tan in winter in Iowa

The dish

Today's first workout for pitchers and catchers starts around 10 a.m. (subsequent days at 9:30) at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and will last 2½-3 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.

Rays tickets: $9/12-27, available via raysbaseball.com, at box office, through Ticketmaster.

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

All games 1:05 unless noted.

Key dates

Saturday: Position players report

Sunday: First full squad workout

March 1: Intrasquad game.

March 3: Exhibition opener vs. Twins in Fort Myers

April 6: Season opener vs. Yankees at Tropicana Field

Exhibition schedule

March

3: at Twins

4: Twins

5: Orioles

6: Twins

7: at Yankees

8: Tigers (ss)

at Twins (ss)

9: Orioles

10: at Red Sox (7:05)

11: Pirates

12: Twins

13: at Orioles

14: Marlins

15: Phillies

16: at Jays

17: at Pirates

18: Red Sox

19: Off

20: at Marlins

21: Yankees

22: at Pirates

23: Jays (7:05)

24: at Twins (3:05)

25: Marlins

26: at Twins

27: at Red Sox (1:35)

28: Pirates (7:05)

29: at Phillies

30: at Pirates

31: Red Sox

April

1: at Orioles

2: Twins

3: at Twins

4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Tropicana Field

Who is this answer: Jake McGee

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"The banner's up there — that's cool."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on winning the 2010 AL East title given the Yankees' claims of conceding.

Tan-line quote of the day

"I worked on it a little bit more, but it went away."

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who spent the winter in his native Iowa, on his "tan" — or lack thereof

Author of the day

Super Sam Fuld runs, hits, throws, flies through the air to make catches — and writes. Fuld typed out a guest piece for Grantland.com on his memories of the Rays' epic regular-season finale. A highlight: How when Evan Longoria hit the walkoff homer, Fuld couldn't make it up the dugout steps. To read the piece, go to tinyurl.com/77zyn5von

Big-league moment

Matt Moore spent time in the home clubhouse at Charlotte Sports Park with the Class A Stone Crabs in 2010. Monday, despite three big-league regular-season outings and a start in the ALDS opener, he walked in for his first day of spring training. "That's kinda funny," he said. Another adjustment? "It was kinda cool going into Tijuana Flats (Saturday in Tampa) and that was the first time I saw somebody wearing my jersey," he said.

Who is this Ray?

He passed on a scholarship offer from UNLV to sign with the Rays. He was married Christmas Eve 2009. He is one of eight pitchers to not allow a hit in his first six outings.

Tampa Bay Rays: AL East championship banner Joe Maddon's answer to Yankees; Jeremy Hellickson fails to get a tan in winter in Iowa 02/20/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2012 11:29pm]
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