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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price befriends Cash Money crew

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.

Key dates

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

The dish

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, at box office, through Ticketmaster.

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

All games 1:05 unless noted.


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


1: at Orioles

2: Twins

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."

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price befriends Cash Money crew 02/19/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 19, 2012 9:04pm]
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