Rays vs. Twins
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
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.
Two relievers acquired in off-season trades, right-handers Burke Badenhop and Josh Lueke, make their first appearances as Rays today.
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
All games 1:05 unless noted
8: Tigers (ss)
at Twins (ss)
10: at Red Sox ( 7:05 )
13: at Orioles
16: at Jays
17: at Pirates
18: Red Sox
20: at Marlins
22: at Pirates
23: Jays (7:05 )
24: at Twins (3:05 )
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: 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."
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.