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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Manager Joe Maddon ready to celebrate after first win; shortstop prospect nearly takes out another shortstop prospect

The dish

Rays (ss) vs. Tigers

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

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $9. 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), west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), right 2 miles, complex on left

Parking: $10, lots open 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta, Cesar Ramos, Jake McGee, Jeremy Hellickson; Tigers — Doug Fister, TBA

Rays (ss) at Twins

When/where: 1:05 today; Lee County Sports Complex, Fort Myers

Pitchers: Rays — Chris Archer, Matt Torra, Romulo Sanchez, Bryan Augenstein, Matt Bush, Ricky Orta; Twins — Francisco Liriano, TBA

Heads-up

LHP Jake McGee makes his debut today after a mishap last week when he was struck in the elbow by a ball.

On deck

Friday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Orioles — Jake Arrieta

Upcoming schedule

Rays tickets: $9/12-27

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

All games 1:05 unless noted

MARCH

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 Ray?

He is in his 12th pro season but fourth full season as a catcher after being converted in the minors with the Cubs. He likes to cook, especially traditional food from his native Venezuela.

Who is this answer: C Robinson Chirinos

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Manager Joe Maddon ready to celebrate after first win; shortstop prospect nearly takes out another shortstop prospect 03/07/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 9:19pm]
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