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Tampa Bay Rays: Four prospects on Baseball America list; J.P. Howell critiques performance giving urine sample

Key dates

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

Today's workout for pitchers and catchers starts at around 9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and lasts 2½-3 hours. Admission and parking free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: 1-75 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.

Heads up: Among the pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today are RHP James Shields and LHPs David Price and Moore. The "action" starts around 10:30.

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.

March

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

April

1: at Orioles

2: Twins

3: at Twins

4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Tropicana Field

Who is this answer: RHP Brandon Gomes

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I was a little too strong; a little too much movement."

LHP J.P. Howell, on his performance during Tuesday's physical exam giving a urine specimen

List of the day

Baseball America included four Rays among its ranking of the top 100 prospects:

2. LHP Matt Moore .

44. SS Hak-Ju Lee

89. RHP Chris Archer

90. RHP Taylor Guerrieri



The Maddon rule? The Fuld rule?

MLB is trying to close a loophole exploited last season by Rays manager Joe Maddon, who had OF Sam Fuld warm up on the mound in Milwaukee so Cesar Ramos had more time in the bullpen. With the change to Rule 3.05, managers are now prohibited from having a pitcher warm up "with no intention" of having him pitch because a reliever isn't ready. Asked if it should be known as the Maddon Rule, he told the AP's Fred Goodall: "Make it the Sam Fuld Rule. I'm good with that."

Number of the day

14 Position players, of 21, who reported early.

Who is this Ray?

He pitched collegiately at Tulane. His dad built him a new electric guitar to replace one destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. He was married in November, to a former college soccer player. He was acquired in trade from San Diego.

Tampa Bay Rays: Four prospects on Baseball America list; J.P. Howell critiques performance giving urine sample 02/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:38pm]
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