Springsteen note of the day
Manager Joe Maddon can't make Friday's Bruce Springsteen show in Tampa since the Rays are playing but will settle for the next best thing, his buddy Willie Forte's B Street Band, which will play Springsteen covers before Sunday's game vs. Miami, starting at 11. Also, gigs tonight at 9 and Friday at 10:30 at the Tampa Hard Rock.
Namath note of the day
Of all the time he spent with childhood idol Joe Namath on Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon said what struck him the most was how nice Namath was. "My takeaway is genuine good guy," Maddon said. "And I think that's pretty important."
Feast of the day
Reid Brignac's family was down from Louisiana and, with help from their friends (who run Broussard Brothers Catering) and David Price's parents, prepared a feast for the team of red beans and rice, jambalaya, boudin (a sausage), bread pudding. "It was awesome," said RHP Brandon Gomes, who has a clue having attended college in New Orleans (Tulane). "Amazing. Some of the best jambalaya I've ever had."
'I'm not dumb' answer of the day
“Jaye Maddon … or Demi Moore."
Joe Maddon, on who he'd next like to bring to a game after Miami's Ozzie Guillen said he'd top Joe Namath with Gloria Estefan.
Who is this Ray?
He is a native of DeLand and lives in DeLeon Springs. He played at Oklahoma State and was a ninth-round pick by Cleveland. He signed as a free agent.
Rays at Pirates
When/where: 1:05 today; McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton.
Tickets: Reserved seats $10-$22. Available through pirates.com, calling 1-877-893-2827, at box office.
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — James Shields, relievers TBA; Pirates — Jeff Karstens, Jason Grilli, Tony Watson, Daniel Moskos
1B Carlos Peña, 2B Ben Zobrist and OFs Sam Fuld and Desmond Jennings are on the travel squad for today's game.
Friday: vs. Jays, 7:05 p.m. Rays — David Price; Jays — Brett Cecil
Saturday: at Twins, 3:05 p.m. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Twins — Jason Marquis
Sunday: vs. Marlins, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Wade Davis; Marlins — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
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
3: at Twins
4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40 , at Trop.
* Value game, $2 off
Who is this answer: DH Luke Scott
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer