Saturday, June 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon's classic car sidelined by brake problem; tickets remain for spring home opener

The dish

Rays vs. Twins

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

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, and the 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 is on the left.

Parking: $10; lots open at 10:30 a.m.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Jeremy Hellickson, Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell, Jake McGee, Josh Lueke, Burke Badenhop, Romulo Sanchez. Twins — Terry Doyle, Scott Diamond, Luis Perdomo, Aaron Thompson, Lester Oliveras, P.J. Walters, Casey Fien.

Heads-up

Two relievers acquired in off-season trades, right-handers Burke Badenhop and Josh Lueke, make their first appearances as Rays today.

On deck

Monday: vs. Orioles*, 1:05. Rays — Wade Davis; Orioles — Alfredo Simon

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

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

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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 Trop

* Value game, $2 off

Who is this answer: 1B Carlos Peña

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

'Injury' update of the day

Manager Joe Maddon's prized new possession, his 1956 Chevy BelAir, is out of action due to problems with the brakes. "The BelAir is not ready," he said. "It's like some of the guys in spring training, we're going to have to take our time with it. … It's day to day."

For openers

Tickets remain for today's spring home opener in Port Charlotte. … Casey Weston, right, a finalist on NBC's The Voice, will sing the anthem.

Who is this Ray?

He had a 3.3 grade-point average in engineering at Northeastern. He was the 10th overall pick of the 1998 draft by Texas. His trade to Detroit was portrayed (somewhat inaccurately) in the movie Moneyball.

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