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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon, Stephen Vogt lead tomfoolery

Fun and games

• Video coordinator Chico Fernandez always seems willing to do whatever manager Joe Maddon asks, so Maddon had a little fun Sunday setting up a desk outside his office, complete with a bell and balloons, for Fernandez to run the "Camp Concierge" desk.

• Maddon said C/INF Stephen Vogt, a two-time winner of the team talent show, has a future in show biz: "He could be starting out at the Improv and eventually doing movies with Chris Rock at some point hopefully, and who knows after that."

Who is this Ray?

He led the nation with a 1.14 ERA while pitching at UMass-Amherst. He was a first-round pick in 2005 by Arizona. He was acquired in trade last July.

The dish

Rays vs. Orioles (ss)

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

Tickets: Reserved seats $17-25, berm/boardwalk $7 for "value game." Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, 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 (S.R. 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10:30.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Wade Davis, Alex Cobb, Alex Torres, Bryan Augenstein, Cesar Ramos, Matt Bush, Matt Torra; Orioles — Alfredo Simon, Brad Bergesen, Zach Phillips, Miguel Socolovich, Pedro Strop

Heads-up

Matt Bush, impressive early in camp, gets his first chance in a game situation.

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Twins — Scott Baker

Wednesday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — James Shields; Yankees — Hiroki Kuroda

Thursday: vs. Tigers, 1:05. Rays — David Price; Tigers — TBA; at Twins, 1:05. Rays — Chris Archer; Twins — TBA

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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 Trop.

* Value game, $2 off

Who is this answer: RHP Matt Torra

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon, Stephen Vogt lead tomfoolery 03/04/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:23pm]

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