Doggie deed of the day
The Rays are doing a calendar of 12 players and their dogs. The project, being shot by James Shields' wife, Ryane, should be done next month and will benefit the Pet Pal Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter in St. Petersburg. Among those featured will be Evan Longoria with Jango and Tatum; Shields with Marley; and David Price with Astro.
Fill-in of the day
ESPN The Magazine was in town Saturday to shoot photos for a story on RHP James Shields' pickoff move. With no players available, diminutive Rays communications director Dave Haller, who said on Twitter he was a "bad bullpen catcher" in high school, stepped in at first. "He did good," Shields said. "I thought he might get hurt. I hummed a few over there."
Rays vs. Pirates
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available at raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-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 at 10:30.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297
Pitchers: Rays — Jeff Niemann, Brandon Gomes, Joel Peralta, Fernando Rodney, J.P. Howell; Pirates — Kevin Correia, Justin Wilson, Daniel Moskos, Jared Hughes, Bryan Morris, Doug Slaten
RHP Brandon Gomes makes his first game appearance, having been delayed coming off offseason back surgery.
Monday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — James Shields; Twins — TBA
Tuesday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays — TBA; O's — TBA
Wednesday: vs. Marlins, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Marlins — TBA
Who is this Ray?
He grew up in Sebastian and pitched for the Gators. He made his big-league debut in 2009 for the Diamondbacks. He is the only current Ray who will get a 2011 World Series ring.
All games 1:05 unless noted
16: at Jays
17: at Pirates
18: Red Sox
20: at Marlins
22: at Pirates
23: Jays (7:05 )
24: at Twins ( 3:05 )
26: at Twins
27: at Red Sox ( 1:35 )
28: Pirates (7:05 )
29: at Phillies
30: at Pirates
31: Red Sox
1: at Orioles
3: at Twins
4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40 , at Trop
* Value game, $2 off
Who is this answer: RHP Bryan Augenstein
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer