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SPRING TRAINING

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes

Fashion statement of the day

3B Evan Longoria showed up with about 10 additional pounds of muscle (up to 225), a new national TV commercial for Gillette and an even longer version of his mullet-style haircut. "He looks strong. He looks very strong," manager Joe Maddon said. "It might be the hairdo. I don't know. And he's a young gun right now, too, don't forget."

Music man

LHP J.P. Howell decided the clubhouse was too quiet, so he bought a sound system that will hook up to his iPod. And that means it's going to get loud given the reliever's preferences for hip-hop and rap. "Kind of ghetto, kind of gangstaa — with two a's — and maybe some hardcore," Howell said. "It's been quiet. It's weird; not my flavor; not anyone's flavor. We didn't get to the post doing that."

Quote of the day

"Good location. Great aim. And good velocity, too."

LHP David Price, on his "performance" providing a urine sample for Thursday's drug test

Prank of the day revenge edition

RHP Wade Davis flipped the script early Thursday, replacing the tape RHP Kyle Farnsworth put on the carpet between their lockers with his own, "warning" Farnsworth to stay on his side. "He came and talked to me," Davis said. "We're all good." Said Farnsworth: "Kind of funny."

List of the day: Tall order

RHP Jeff Niemann, right, doesn't stand out quite as much given the collection of tall pitchers in camp. "We've got some talent," he said. "We could run out a starting five."

PitcherHt.Wt.

Jeff Niemann6-9260

Adam Russell6-8255

Dane De La Rosa6-6245

David Price6-6225

Brian Baker6-5190

Chris Bootcheck6-5210

Wade Davis6-5220

Who is this Ray?

He would have played at the University of Miami if he hadn't signed to play pro ball. His favorite book is The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He has been traded twice.

The dish

Today's workout for pitchers and catchers starts at 9:30 at the Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road) and lasts 2½-3 hours. Admission and parking are free. Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 South to Toledo Blade Road, go west 6½ miles to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, stadium complex is on left. For more information: (941) 235-5025.

Heads-up

Pitchers scheduled for their second bullpen sessions today include: David Price, James Shields, Kyle Farns­worth and Joel Peralta.

Who is this Ray answer: RHP Chris Archer

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes 02/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 18, 2011 7:23am]

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