Quote of the day
"I'm pretty lame. I didn't do anything. I worked out, and I was asleep by 10:30 every night."
SS Reid Brignac, on his off-season "excitement"
Promos of the day
Among this season's promo/giveaway items are Joe Maddon sunglasses (May 6); David Price wallet (June 17); Don Zimmer bear (June 29); Evan Longoria mini-drum set (Sept. 9); figurines of Longoria's walkoff homer (April 21), and Jeremy Hellickson (June 1); bobbleheads for Kyle Farnsworth (May 20), Desmond Jennings (June 3), Maddon (June 15), James Shields (July 1), Matt Moore (July 22).
Who is this Ray?
He is an avid fisherman, so much so he wears a necklace with fish teeth. He is a reliever who pitched previously for the Tigers. He is from the Dominican Republic.
Today: Pitchers and catchers report to Port Charlotte, media conference
Tuesday: First workout
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
Tuesday'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.
3: at Twins
7: at Yankees
8: Tigers (ss)
at Twins (ss)
10: at Red Sox (7:05)
13: at Orioles
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 Tropicana Field
Who is this answer: RHP Fernando Rodney
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Another Price brush with fame
As if taping a TV spot with supermodel Kate Upton wasn't enough, LHP David Price may soon be hanging out with the Cash Money rappers Lil Wayne, Baby, Slim and Drake. Their manager saw one of Price's tweets and got in touch to tell him Baby (also known as Birdman) was a huge fan. "Then they called and I talked to him, and it was nuts," Price said "They sent me a bunch of stuff, and I'm having jerseys made for them. They're going to try to come (to the Trop) for a game and when we go to Miami they'll be there. We're boys now."