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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Manager Joe Maddon getting his car; bad memories in relief for pitcher Jeremy Hellickson

Road trip of the day

Manager Joe Maddon is headed back to Tampa tonight to attend the DeBartolo Family Foundation All-Star Charity Gala. He also plans to pick up his new 1956 Chevy BelAir, which had to be re-repaired by a bay area expert. "The gentleman is kind of like the (head athletic trainer Ron) Porterfield of classic cars in our region of the country," Maddon said. "So I feel very confident she's in good hands"

Quote of the day

"It brought back some memories — bad memories."

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, on pitching in relief, in which he is 1-0, 7.20 in six games compared to 16-10, 2.84 in 33 starts

Rays vs. Orioles

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

Tickets: Reserved $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $9. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

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

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.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Alex Cobb, Alex Torres, Jhonny Nunez, Ryan Reid; Orioles — Jake Arrieta, Brad Bergesen, TBA.

Heads-up

RHP Alex Cobb, who appears headed to Triple A, gets the start for the Rays.

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:05. Rays — Wade Davis; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves

Sunday: vs. Pirates, 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Pirates — Kevin Correia

Monday: vs. Twins, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Twins — TBA

Visitor of the day

Former Rays C Shawn Riggans was in the clubhouse pregame, saying he hopes to sign and play by midseason after recovering from shoulder surgery.

Who is this Ray?

He grew up riding horses in Venezuela. He lists salsa dancing as a favorite hobby. He missed much of last season with Lyme disease.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Who is this Ray answer: RHP Albert Suarez

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Manager Joe Maddon getting his car; bad memories in relief for pitcher Jeremy Hellickson 03/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 9:51pm]
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