Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria impressed by "The Hunger Games"; Joe Maddon of right age to appreciate one of postgame concert stars

Game 162 keepsake of day

Paul Kocak was one of many who felt the Game 162 events of Sept. 28, 2011, were worthy of a book. The difference is that he wrote one, Baseball's Starry Night, available soon through amazon.com and e-book outlets ($4/5, $14 for a printed version). Kocak's 182-page work is written mostly from the perspective of fans of all four involved teams, including a rich chapter about a handful of Rays loyalists. "It's kind of the working man's book," Kocak said. He didn't first plan to write it that way but changed directions when he read a similar account in the Times and contacted fans through Twitter. "I was almost moved to tears," he said. "This tells so many different stories." Also, a website, baseballstarrynight.com.

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:35 today; JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers

Tickets: Reserved seats $15-46, lawn/standing $5-10. Available through redsox.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-733-7696 (RED-SOX6) and at stadium

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

Pitchers: Rays — Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Fernando Rodney, Burke Badenhop, Brandon Gomes, Jake McGee; Red Sox — Josh Beckett, relievers TBA

Heads-up

Peralta and Rodney will make the first of back-to-back appearances.

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Rays — David Price; Pirates — Charlie Morton

Thursday: at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Phils — TBA

Friday: at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. Rays — TBA; Pirates — TBA

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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 Ray?

He was born in Florida then moved to Japan then New Mexico. He has an older brother who played at the University of New Mexico. He does everything left-handed but play golf.

Who is this answer: LHP Matt Moore

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Movie review of the day

3B Evan Longoria went along with girlfriend Jaime Edmondson to see The Hunger Games on Sunday night and, despite not as fully versed in the story, came away impressed. "It's a two-plus hour movie and at the end I'm like, that was two hours?" he said. "It was pretty good. I'd give it two thumbs up."

Music review of the day

Manager Joe Maddon, being 58 and all, could identify most with Earth, Wind & Fire of the three new postgame concerts announced, on June 30. (Also, LL Cool J on June 2, and the Wiggles on Aug. 5. See page 2B for more). "I was a big Earth, Wind & Fire fan back in the day," Maddon said. "Shining Star."

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