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Tampa Bay Rays: Coaches split based on shopping, dining; Joe Maddon feels protected if wild pigs attack

Dubious achievement of the day

The Rays are 0-4 in the spring for the first time in their 15-season history.

Who is this Ray?

He was released by the Yankees after two seasons in the low minors. He played for six teams in three independent leagues over a five-year period. He made his big-league debut in July vs. the Yankees.

The dish

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:05 today; Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner of Dale Mabry and ML King Blvd.), Tampa

Tickets: $17-33, available via yankees.com, via Ticketmaster, at stadium

TV: MLB Network

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

Pitchers: Rays — James Shields, Burke Badenhop, Dane De La Rosa, Alex Colome, Josh Lueke, Romulo Sanchez; Yankees — Hiroki Kuroda, TBA

Heads-up

Frontline RF Matt Joyce, CF B.J. Upton, 2B/RF Ben Zobrist and C Jose Molina are all scheduled to play.

On deck

Thursday: vs. Tigers, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Tigers — Doug Fister; and at Twins, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Twins — Francisco Liriano

Friday: Orioles, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; O's — Jake Arrieta

Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:05. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Upcoming schedule

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

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

All games 1:05 unless noted

MARCH

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 Trop.

* Value game, $2 off

Who is this answer: RHP Dane De La Rosa

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Executive decision of the day

The Rays have two games Thursday, and manager Joe Maddon said he was "assigned" the home game vs. Detroit rather than the road game at the Twins. Why? Because they split the staff, and coaches Dave Martinez and Tom Foley want to stop on the way back from Fort Myers to eat at Blu Sushi and go to the Bass Pro Shops store. "It's kinda like a toy store for them,'' Maddon said.

Quote of the day

"If a wild boar shows up in our clubhouse, we're in good shape."

Manager Joe Maddon, in the hunting prowess of DH Luke Scott and other Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Coaches split based on shopping, dining; Joe Maddon feels protected if wild pigs attack 03/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 9:13pm]
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