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