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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Opening weekend entertainment announced; beer not banned in clubhouse

Celebrity singer of the day

American Idol finalist Shannon Magrane, daughter of former Rays broadcaster Joe Magrane, will sing the national anthem before the Rays-Yankees game April 7. Magrane, 16, a sophomore at Tampa's Blake High, finished in 11th place in this year's Idol competition.

Beer not banned

In the wake of RHP Matt Bush's DUI arrest, manager Joe Maddon said he still will allow beer in the clubhouse. "This is about a young man who had problems in the past, and he made a bad choice," Maddon said. Bush told police he got his drinks on the way home from shopping at a Sarasota mall.

Rays at Twins

When/where: 3:05 today; Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers

Tickets: $10-$40, available at stadium box office, through twinsbaseball.com or by calling toll-free 1-800-338-9467.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Jeremy Hellickson, Brandon Gomes, Jake McGee; Twins— Jason Marquis, Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Matt Maloney, Jeff Gray, Brendan Wise

Heads-up

3B Evan Longoria, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Matt Joyce and SS Sean Rodriguez are among the regulars scheduled to play today in Fort Myers.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Marlins, 1:05. Rays — Wade Davis, J.P. Howell, Burke Badenhop, Cesar Ramos; Marlins — Josh Johnson, Jose Ceda, Edward Mujica, Rob Delaney.

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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's a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation and an avid fisherman. At 6 feet 9, he matches LHP Mark Hendrickson as the tallest players in Rays history.

Who is this answer: RHP Jeff Niemann

Joe Smith, Times staff writer



Ceremonial first pitch, Part I

Jim Dundee, son of the late legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, will deliver the ceremonial first pitch before the Rays' season opener against the Yankees on April 6 at Tropicana Field. Game time is 3:10 p.m. Saxophonist BK Jackson will perform the national anthem.

Ceremonial first pitch, Part II

Brad Snyder, a 2002 graduate of St. Petersburg's Northeast High and the Naval Academy, will throw out the first pitch April 7. In 2011, the 28-year-old Navy lieutenant was working with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Afghanistan when he stepped on a homemade land mine and was blinded.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Opening weekend entertainment announced; beer not banned in clubhouse 03/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 11:22pm]
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