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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Shortstop has talent outside the lines; Rays applaud Oriole hero; Sam Fuld flashes leather again

Lee the performer

Manager Joe Maddon admitted tht SS Hak Ju-Lee was "totally embarrassed" when they showed a YouTube video of him singing during Friday's media training session in front of the team. But Lee, who sang the Carpenters' Superstar at a family gathering, sounded good. "I did not realize he was that good of a performer; it was actually impressive," Maddon said. Lee already has been asked to show off his dancing moves earlier in camp. Quipped Maddon: "He's got a future outside of baseball."

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:05 tonight; JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers

Tickets: $5-$46, available at stadium box office, through or by phone toll-free at 1-888-733-7696.

TV/radio: MLB; 620-AM

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

Pitchers: Rays — Wade Davis, Burke Badenhop, Josh Lueke, Albert Suarez, Romulo Sanchez, Dane De La Rosa; Red Sox — Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Clayton Mortensen, Brandon Duckworth, Matt Albers


CF B.J. Upton, SS Reid Brignac, CF Desmond Jennings, OF Matt Joyce and 2B/RF Ben Zobrist are expected to play tonight.

On deck

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

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

Tuesday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Orioles — TBA

Ovation of the day

The Rays thought about what they could do to thank Orioles Game 162 star, INF Robert Andino, who hit the winning single to sink the Red Sox. They decided to give Andino a standing ovation from the dugout before his first at-bat Friday. "He was startled by it; he had no idea what was going on," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He was looking around. I thought it was pretty good."

Same old Sam

CF Sam Fuld, making his first exhibition appearance, picked up where he left off last season, when his spectacular catches earned him the nickname "Super Sam." Fuld made a running/sliding catch in left-center to start the third. "That was fun to watch," RHP Alex Cobb said. "Right when he hit it, I knew he was going to get it."

Quote of the day

"The lowlight was Nolan getting hit, and the highlight was hearing he didn't have a break. I didn't like his chances (at first)."

Buck Showalter, Orioles manager, on OF Nolan Reimold getting hit in the jaw by a pitch in the first inning but leaving with just a loose tooth.

Who is this Ray?

He's a candidate for the starting shortstop job and a big LSU fan. Of the 13 stops in his eight-year pro career, 11 of those clubs have made the postseason.

Who is this Ray answer: SS Reid Brignac

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Shortstop has talent outside the lines; Rays applaud Oriole hero; Sam Fuld flashes leather again 03/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 8:20pm]
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