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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon doesn't need reminders that he missed Bruce Springsteen

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The Rays' 19-4 loss Saturday matched their largest margin of defeat in spring training, tying a 20-5 loss at the Twins on March 6, 1998. But it wasn't the most runs they've given up in a spring game; they lost 23-9 to Texas on March 21, 2000.

Quote of the day

"Since I've been here, and almost any place I've been, I've never seen as many good bullpen candidates in a camp."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the bullpen competition

Number of the day

5 Homers by the Twins in Saturday's game

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com, Ticketmaster, Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, and Tampa team store

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex on the left.

Parking: $10; lots open at 4

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

Pitchers: Rays — Wade Davis, J.P. Howell, Burke Badenhop; Marlins — Josh Johnson, Jose Ceda, Edward Mujica, Rob Delaney

Heads-up

Davis, competing for the fifth rotation spot, will start on the mound.

On deck

Monday: at Twins, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Twins — Scott Baker

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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 Trop

* Value game, $2 off

Who is this Ray?

He is a versatile player competing for the starting shortstop spot. His father, Johnny, is a long-time baseball man and manager of the Class A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League.

Who is this answer: INF Sean Rodriguez

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Missing Springsteen Part I

While manager Joe Maddon wasn't able to attend Friday's Bruce Springsteen concert in Tampa due to the Rays game, he heard rave reviews. "He did it in 'another way,' from what I was told, similar to what the Rays did last year," Maddon said. "Different music, I guess a big horn section, but a lot of energy. Sounded like a great night."

Missing Springsteen Part II

Maddon said Blue Jays manager John Farrell passed him a note during the early innings of Friday's 7 p.m. game at Charlotte Sports Park, reminding him of the obvious. "He says, 'Look at the time, do you realize Springsteen should be going on right about now? This should have been a 1 o'clock game.' I said, hey, it absolutely should have been. That is like the worst scheduling in the history of spring training baseball."

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon doesn't need reminders that he missed Bruce Springsteen 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 9:43pm]
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