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Tampa Bay Rays: Glad to see Cliff Lee (with Phillies); spring losses piling up; no Wade Davis on Twitter; the mind of Bobby Ramos

Best sight of the day

The Rays have had trouble with LHP Cliff Lee, but manager Joe Maddon was thrilled to see him on the mound Sunday — pitching for the Phillies, and not the Yankees. "That was like my worst thought all winter," Maddon said. "I had different things going on, losing Carl (Crawford), losing Carlos (Peña), whatever, but Lee to the Yankees would have been truly — that's all of our guys leaving wrapped up into one horrible move."

Numbers of the day

7; 8 Losses by the Rays this spring; total for last spring.

Explanation of the day

RHP Wade Davis hasn't gotten much national attention despite his success, which seems to be just the way he likes it. And somewhat, manager Joe Maddon said, by design: "He's not the Twitter kind of guy, he's not a blogger yet, he hasn't written any minor-league novels to date."

Appreciation of the day

Always entertaining bullpen coach Bobby Ramos will be limited physically for 4-6 weeks due to his ribcage strain, but Maddon said, with a straight face, "it's all about what he brings to the table with his mind." And then added: "It's the first time in the history of his life that anybody's discussed that."

Rays at Pirates

When/where: 1:05 today; McKechnie Field, 1611 9th St. W, Bradenton

Tickets: $10-$20, available by calling 1-877-893-2827, via and at the stadium.

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

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Mike Ekstrom, Rob Delaney, Matt Bush, Alex Cobb; Pirates — Ross Ohlendorf, Mike Crotta, Evan Meek, Daniel Moskos, Jose Veras, Tyler Yates


Expect most of the big names — Johnny Damon, Evan Longoria, Manny Ramirez and B.J. Upton — to be in the lineup today.

Who is this Ray?

He set major-league records by going 274 consecutive games and 2,379 chances without an error at first base. He has been in the postseason four times. He was the 13th overall pick of the 2001 draft. He signed as a minor-league free agent.

On deck

Tuesday: Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — James Shields; Jays — TBA

Wednesday: Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Jays — TBA. vs. Netherlands at St. Petersburg, 1:05. Rays — Chris Bootcheck, Netherlands — TBA

Upcoming schedule

11: Pirates

12: at Phillies (ss)

13: at Blue Jays

14: Off

15: Marlins

16: at Marlins

17: at Yankees, 7:05

18: Red Sox (ss), 7:05

19: at Twins

20: Orioles

21: Yankees, 7:05

22: at Red Sox, 7:05

23: Phillies

24: at Astros

25: Pirates

26: Orioles

27: at Pirates

28: at Yankees, 7:05

29: at Red Sox

30: vs. Blue Jays at Tropicana Field, 4:10

Who is this Ray answer: 1B Casey Kotchman

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Glad to see Cliff Lee (with Phillies); spring losses piling up; no Wade Davis on Twitter; the mind of Bobby Ramos 03/06/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 11:46am]
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